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I'm planning to buy Premier 1 Poultry Plus Netting; make a big circle; place my hen house (which is bolted to a small trailer) inside the "paddock," and let the hens run around inside.  Since we have hawks and a possible bald eagle in the area, I plan to get a swimming pool net to place over the paddock to avoid aerial attacks.  However, there are places in the yard where I will move the paddock under a tree or row of hedges/small trees.  It would not be possible to put a net over the paddock in those areas.

 

My concern is a predator climbing a tree/bush and dropping in uninvited.  At night I plan to lock the hens in the house, and all the windows/doors will be covered with hardware mesh.  During the day they will be out hopefully eating bugs and scratching up the dirt.

 

Thoughts?  I appreciate any and all help; this will be the first time I've ever had chickens and I don't want to lose any!  Thanks.

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Hello! :welcome! For my chicken coop, I have baler twine all across the top of my run, spaced about 1 foot apart. A swimming pool net might sag sometimes, baler twine is very light. The hawks/eagle need to spread their wings apart to land, and they would not be able to do so through the twine. I have trees all around my coop, and I have never had any problems with animals, since I put up the twine. If you are still worried, you could build a large run with wheels with a chicken wire top. I used a bunny cage before I built my run.

 

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