Chicken Run – 5

Posted by on Dec 19, 2016 in Backyard Chickens, Building a Chicken Run | No Comments

To continue from part 4, I added a photo of the fence and trench we dug that was not is the last post.  You can see how we bent the fence to fit into the trench just before we added the blocks to the cover the portion that is underground.  We stapled the fence to the fence posts about every 6 inches to make it tight and strong so an animal couldn’t push the wire loose.  But I began to see a problem.  If you look closely at the fence you can see it isn’t straight or tight at all. 
After we put in the blocks I planned to staple the top part of the fence into the posts with a hammer. My inexperience began to show because I could not get the fence straight and tight with just our hands.  

It didn’t look good and I was beginning to get frustrated and sore hands from pulling on the wire.  We tried pulling it with pliers while one of us waited with a staple and nail but that wouldn’t get it tight enough.  Fortunately, John Bower, stopped by and upon seeing my predicament quickly said, “Looks like you could use my Fence Stretcher.  I will be right back.”

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John Bower

Fence Wire Stetcher, Fence building, wire stretcher, Fence Wire Stetcher, Fence building, wire stretcher, He drove home and returned with this.  You might have used one of these tools before but I had not so it took a couple minutes to figure out how it worked.  One end clamps onto a horizontal wire on the fence and the other hooks to the end of your fence post.  Once you have them attached to the fence and fence post you take the large handle and use the ratcheting feature to pull the fence straight and tight.  With the fence tight you can nail in your staples to hold it in place.

 

 

I apologize for not having photos of us in action with the Fence Stretcher but we were so focused on learning how to use it we forgot to take pictures.  Once we got it attached to my post and the other end to part of the fence more quickly we were able to move from one post to another with increasing speed.  What a God send! It worked beautifully all the way around on both my bottom and top section of the fence.

This took a whole day but it would have taken longer and looked much worse without this Fence Wire Stretcher.  I found one online if you don’t have one already.  CLICK HERE.   The section of the fence that started in the ground only reached up so far so we needed another section to make the fencing cover to the top.  We nailed a 2 x 6 to to each fence post.  This added a little more stability to the overall structure and gave us a place to attach the two sections of fence.  chicken fence, chicken run, chicken coop,

 

To keep these posts concise we will pause here.  The next post we will share how we put up the framing to hold our roof.  Our boys enjoyed this portion of the building much more than the fence work!  Check back in a couple of days for part 6.

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