How to Fence Your Yard for Rabbits


Whether you're trying to contain pet bunnies in your back yard or keep wild rabbits from munching on your lawn or garden, rabbits present a special fencing challenge for homeowners. Successful rabbit fences must have small openings and must be tall enough to thwart jumping rabbits. According to the Cornell University Cooperative Extension, 2-foot-tall chicken wire is an adequate fencing material, as long as the openings in the mesh are no larger than 1 inch in diameter. In addition to being affordable, a chicken wire fence is also easy to install.

Step 1

Mark the corner posts. Walk the perimeter of your yard and decide exactly where you want to position your rabbit fence. Determine where you will place your corner posts and mark those locations with a squirt of spray paint on the ground.

Step 2

Pound steel T-posts into your corner post locations. Position the bottom of a steel T-post at the first corner post location and place your post driver over the top of the T-post, bringing it down until the top of the driver touches the top of your post. Pound the post about 12 to 18 inches into the ground. Repeat this procedure with each corner post.

Step 3

Run a string from one corner post to the next to mark the fence line. Position a metal rebar post approximately 10 feet from your first corner post and hammer it 9 to 10 inches into the ground. Continue hammering in metal rebar posts every 10 feet along your fence line.

Step 4

Wrap the chicken wire completely around the circumference of the first corner post, securing it into place with 12.5-gauge wire. Snip three pieces of 12.5-gauge wire with wire cutters, wrap it through the chicken wire in three places, and twist the wires tight around the post to secure the chicken wire.

Step 5

Unroll the chicken wire fencing until you reach the first line post. Stretch the chicken wire tightly and secure it to the metal rebar post using lengths of 12.5-gauge wire. Make sure that the bottom of the chicken wire is pressed firmly against the ground to discourage rabbits from trying to get underneath it.

Step 6

Attach the chicken wire fence to each of the additional line posts and corner posts one at a time using the 12.5-gauge wire.

Step 7

Walk along the fence line, checking the bottom of the chicken wire to ensure that it is pressed securely against the ground for its entire length. This fence style is not as sturdy as a chain link or woven wire fence, but it should last up to two or three years. Inspect it regularly for sags and gaps.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray paint
  • Steel T-posts
  • Post driver
  • String
  • Metal rebar posts
  • Hammer
  • 2-foot-tall chicken wire
  • 12.5-gauge wire
  • Wire cutters


  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension: Cottontail Rabbit Damage Management
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Regan Hennessy has been writing professionally for 11 years. A freelance copywriter and certified teacher, Hennessy specializes in the areas of parenting, health, education, agriculture and personal finance. During her time with Demand Studios, Hennessy has produced content for Ehow, Answerbag and Travels. Hennessy graduated from Lycoming College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.