Our DIY Emergency Anti-Creature Fence: The Renter’s DIY Fence

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This fence is probably the ugliest DIY fence you’ll see… but it works. As a renter we are unable to do anything permanently, therefore we made this easy fence with the least expensive and most temporary things we can think of: wire, PVC pipes, tie downs and even more wire.

Completed DIY fence for renters


The Gear

Needed tools

PVC Pipes

We chose PVC pipes above wood for a few reasons.

  • Cheaper.
  • Wood will need proper care to handle the outside world.
  • Quicker to get set up, as we don’t need tons of nails, glue and joints.
  • Easier to take down when we move again.
  • We need a malleable source, as we need an angle to keep cats from bringing the chickens into our yard again. Read up about keeping cats out of your garden using a cat fence here.

You might have your own reasons for rather choosing wood. It’s all up to you and your specific needs. We needed something up quickly with limited resources, which is what we ended up doing.

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Chicken Mesh

We used chicken mesh, which we hate. If it weren’t for the fact that this fence was to keep chickens out, we wouldn’t have used chicken mesh in the first place. I’d recommend getting something less flimsy, as chicken mesh can’t keep its form unless it is properly tightened and supported.


Wire, Tools and Tie Downs

You will need thick wire if you want to secure the ends of the fence to something else. We used thick wire at the ends and thin wire to attach the bottom of the chicken mesh to the wall’s openings. This kept the pesky gaping holes nicely closed up. We also used two sizes of tie downs. We used large ones to keep the pipes against the wall and small ones to attach the mesh to itself and the pipes. As for tools, we used a saw specifically meant to cut pipes (and wood), wire cutters and measuring tape.


The DIY Fence How-To

Measure and cut

cut in two parts

Our PVC pipes were long enough for us to saw into two parts after measuring properly. The two parts are put together with the elbow pipe joint to form the needed angle to change this from a normal fence to a anti-cat fence. Whatever your need, measure and cut as needed. This was the result:

PVC pipes

Measure some more, drill holes for tie downs

Well, you do not need to use tie downs, but considering that we had a convenient wall full of holes, we used tie downs to attach the pipes to these convenient holes. Make as many holes as you need.

mark hole and drill hole through pipe

pull tie down through

The holes will make sure that the fence stay up, as there is no way for the pipe to slip out from the tie downs.

Measure and cut the chicken mesh

Resize mesh as needed

Attach fence

You can attach the fence to the pipe. After this you can attach the pipes to the wall.

Putting the pipe up

And voila, you’re done!

completed fence


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