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Katie Allison
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My amazing little sister Betsy, who serves as Executive Director for Henry's Fund, along with my beautiful Eleanor carrying the torch for Henry's Fund today in the WBIR Olympic Relay to benefit United Way of Greater Knoxville.
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My new Omlet (that's the brand that makes the Eglu plastic coop) chicken fencing arrived today. Hoping to get it installed this weekend. I spent a lot of time trying to decide between the Omlet netting kit and an electrified netting kit, and I eventually decided on the non-electric option since we have young children, and since we already have an 8 foot wooden fence around the backyard. 
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I loved, LOVED being part of this amazing event in 2013. Can't recommend Blogalicious highly enough to other bloggers, brands and media folks. - Katie
 
Are y'all ready to ‪#‎BeGreat‬? Now that we're all grown up (after all, we're 5 years old!), we thought it time for some culture, history and luxury...We're SO happy to announce that registration is OPEN for Blogalicious 6!!! We're hitting the famed San Antonio River Walk on November 6th - 8th. FLASH $199 SALE ENDS TOMORROW 1/24! #BeGreatB6  
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Okay, we have a baffling mystery on our hands with our chickens. WHERE THE HECK DID THESE BABY CHICKS COME FROM???!!!!
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If you didn't see any eggs, I'd say you answered an age-old question...
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Just-washed eggs from my little flock.
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My new Omlet (that's the brand that makes the Eglu plastic coop) chicken fencing arrived today. Hoping to get it installed this weekend. I spent a lot of time trying to decide between the Omlet netting kit and an electrified netting kit, and I eventually decided on the non-electric option since we have young children, and since we already have an 8 foot wooden fence around the backyard. 
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You'll love it - I wouldn't be without mine.
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I need chicken fencing advice! My 6 hens have been freeranging in our securely fenced backyard (8 foot wooden privacy fence). However, I've now learned that to correctly comply with my city's chicken ordinance, I will need to immediately install what amounts to a "fence within a fence" for the chickens. I have a very nice, large coop for them, and this new fence will need to attach to the coop and offer at least 36 square feet of space for the girls. It must be at least 42 inches tall.

I have already invested quite a bit of time and effort into our coop, which is actually a very small barn that we've built and been customizing ourselves. Thus, I would really like to try to keep costs down with the new fenced enclosure. Also, we need to do this as a DIY project rather than hiring professionals to build it. As final data points, I don't want to mess with any sort of electric fencing, and also, our yard is sloped, meaning that certain kinds of fence installations would be tricky to do.

I am leaning toward a simple fence with metal stake-type fence posts that I can easily drive into the ground at different levels to deal with the slope issue. But what should I use as the actual fencing material? Welded wire? Plastic mesh? Or poultry netting? They all seem to have their fans, and I have no idea which one would be best. I want to use the option that will look the tidiest, and hold up well. I will also need to figure out how to build or buy some kind of gate to include in the finished fenced area, and I am not sure how that works with metal stake fence posts.

I'd be really grateful for any input that others can offer on this. I've never built a fence before, and I don't want mine to end up looking awful and sagging or falling over. So what materials would you suggest that I use for this project?

Thanks!
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I need chicken fencing advice! My 6 hens have been freeranging in our securely fenced backyard (8 foot wooden privacy fence). However, I've now learned that to correctly comply with my city's chicken ordinance, I will need to immediately install what amounts to a "fence within a fence" for the chickens. I have a very nice, large coop for them, and this new fence will need to attach to the coop and offer at least 36 square feet of space for the girls. It must be at least 42 inches tall.

I have already invested quite a bit of time and effort into our coop, which is actually a very small barn that we've built and been customizing ourselves. Thus, I would really like to try to keep costs down with the new fenced enclosure. Also, we need to do this as a DIY project rather than hiring professionals to build it. As final data points, I don't want to mess with any sort of electric fencing, and also, our yard is sloped, meaning that certain kinds of fence installations would be tricky to do.

I am leaning toward a simple fence with metal stake-type fence posts that I can easily drive into the ground at different levels to deal with the slope issue. But what should I use as the actual fencing material? Welded wire? Plastic mesh? Or poultry netting? They all seem to have their fans, and I have no idea which one would be best. I want to use the option that will look the tidiest, and hold up well. I will also need to figure out how to build or buy some kind of gate to include in the finished fenced area, and I am not sure how that works with metal stake fence posts.

I'd be really grateful for any input that others can offer on this. I've never built a fence before, and I don't want mine to end up looking awful and sagging or falling over. So what materials would you suggest that I use for this project?
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We have chicken wire around our coop but we discovered yesterday that it is no match for a curious labrador.
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Omlet brand chicken netting or similar? Any opinions?
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I have a large yard with an 8 foot wooden privacy fence, so my city hens are able to safely free range in the backyard when they aren't in their chicken barn.

However, for several reasons, I do need some kind of easy to assemble fenced/run set up to contain the hens when needed. For starters, our city ordinance requires a "run" in addition to a "coop," even though I already have a perfectly safe, high, wooden fence. Also, I do want go be able to keep the chickens out of my raised veggie beds

So I am looking at the Omlet portable chicken netting package. I am fully aware that netting like this is designed to keep my hens inside the areas where I set it up rather than being designed to in any way keep predators out.

So I have some questions for any of you who have tried Omlet's portable chicken fencing set-up. Is it easy to set up? Will it work on a sloped yard? Does it stay in place once you've got it where you want it? How do the poles stay upright? Do they have to be hammered into the ground each time you want to move its location? Does it look super messy and "makeshift" in your yard. Will it safely contain smaller bantams like Silkies, or larger breed pullets who aren't yet grown to full size yet, or will it only contain a larger chicken?

Also, are there other, similar brands of portable fencing packages that I should look at? What are they? I definitely want something that comes with all necessary pieces and works pretty much right out of the no . I don't want to install any permanent fence posts or panels with real wire fencing. I just want something simple and versatile to use around our fenced yard on an as-needed basis.

Thanks in advance for any info you can give me on the Omlet product or others like it.

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I have been growing my funky pixie out for over a year!  I do this about every 10 or 15 year for unknown reasons.  As  soon as it gets nice and long, whack, can't take it.
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Manager, Partnerships & Marketing with HGTV Digital
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I'm pretty good at growing flowers and line editing. I'm told that I throw an entertaining party.
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    2010 - present
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    Bell Buckle, Tennessee
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    Hansard Scholar in Parliamentary Studies
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