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post #11 of 13

We live in FL and were thinking of doing a similar design with wind/rain protection on three sides and a roof across 1/2 of the top portion and aviary netting on the other half.

Mama to two Golden Comet hens, two Easter Egger hens (one scissor beak), one Speckled Sussex hen, two Boston Terriers (one black and white & one red and white), two Betta fish, and two humans! 
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Mama to two Golden Comet hens, two Easter Egger hens (one scissor beak), one Speckled Sussex hen, two Boston Terriers (one black and white & one red and white), two Betta fish, and two humans! 
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I had coons eat through my aviary netting so keep that in mind

post #13 of 13

If your whole setup is going to be an open air type situation, without an actual coop, then netting is a bad idea. The reason most people choose to keep their birds in a coop at night is for predator protection. It's easier to build a simple structure with locks to shut them up in at night that is predator proof, than it is to do a whole run. You really have to make sure that it's as predator proof as possible. Consider, if you can get a couple fingers through a gap, a raccoon can get a whole arm in. Anything it can reach will get pulled to pieces. Snakes can get through small gaps as well.

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