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Netting to cover top of chicken run

post #1 of 24
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We have a nice sized run for the chickens, but I want to put a netting of some type over the top to keep out overhead preditors.  What is the best type to use and where do you get it?  My chickens are coming this weekend and I'd like to be prepared.

Sandie
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AGS/ADGA/NDGA Nigerian Dwarf Goats

1 sweet, accommodating husband, 23 Nigerian Dwarf goats, 16 Buff Orpington hens, 2 BO rooster, 4 RIR hens, 1 mini poodle, 1 Great Pyr
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post #2 of 24

I've used the lightweight "bird netting" or "deer netting" from Lowe's before but on my latest coop, we went all out and put up chickenwire....it's lasted longer....

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post #3 of 24

We did the same as Chickenteacher--netting first then put up chickenwire. Yes, the chickenwire takes longer and costs more, but it's lots more durable especially if you have snowy winters. I guess in Alabama snow wouldn't be a big problem for you , but it definitely is for us in the frozen north.


Edited by henjoy - 3/23/09 at 3:37am
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I have the bird netting on my coops as well. I have had to zip-tie it back together a couple of time from falling branches from hurricanes and bad storms but it has lasted alot longer than i thought it would. I have never lost a bird to hawks, but my coops are in my fenced in back yard so our dogs keeps everything else out. Keep in mind that its not much protection against any other predator that wants to get your birds. I got mine at home depot in the outside garden section.

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1 Handsome, understanding, and very handy husband, 2 smart and funny boys, 1 Jack Russell, 2 Cats, 1 African fat tailed gecko, 2 Goldfish, 3 Light Brahmas, 3 SL Wyandottes, 2 Buff Orphingtons, 2 Lt. Brown Leghorns, 1 White Crested Blue Polish Roo, 1 Golden Laced Brabanter, 1 White Black Tailed Japanese, 7 Silkies, 4 Maran chicks and 2 Mutt Chickens
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post #5 of 24
Thread Starter 

Our property is all fenced in except for the driveway entrance, so we don't have problems with dogs or coyotes or any "grounded" animals.  The chicken pen is also next to our goat pasture and our GP, Daisy, protects that area.  However, the big hawk that hangs around seemed to have a really big smile on it's face when we were building the coop.


Edited by lilhill - 3/23/09 at 3:59am
Sandie
AGS/ADGA/NDGA Nigerian Dwarf Goats

1 sweet, accommodating husband, 23 Nigerian Dwarf goats, 16 Buff Orpington hens, 2 BO rooster, 4 RIR hens, 1 mini poodle, 1 Great Pyr
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Sandie
AGS/ADGA/NDGA Nigerian Dwarf Goats

1 sweet, accommodating husband, 23 Nigerian Dwarf goats, 16 Buff Orpington hens, 2 BO rooster, 4 RIR hens, 1 mini poodle, 1 Great Pyr
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post #6 of 24

Farmtek         http://www.farmtek.com/farm/supplies/prod1;ft1_fencing_containment-ft1_bird_fencing;424c9158.html   I bought some 2 yrs ago. It was a little cheaper then.  I think it was $350 for 25x150 then. I went with the smaller mesh; a fellow close said he had hawks get stuck in the 2" mesh by dive bombing it.


Edited by Indiana hens - 3/23/09 at 4:06am
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post #7 of 24

In God We Trust

Siyah Rampuri Asil, White Chinese, Emden, and African Geese, Guineas, a Rottweiler (Bella), and a Yellow Lab (Booger). Fifty five years with chickens and still learning.

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In God We Trust

Siyah Rampuri Asil, White Chinese, Emden, and African Geese, Guineas, a Rottweiler (Bella), and a Yellow Lab (Booger). Fifty five years with chickens and still learning.

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post #8 of 24

I bought my netting off Ebay.  From a wholesale supplier. It is individually knotted and strong enough to also be used on baseball fields for backstops... 
Really nice heavy stuff. 113.00 including shipping for a 12 ft. x 150 ft. roll.
  Perfect since I use the 10 ft. dog kennel panels on each side of the barn . the pens are 10 ft. by 20 ft. and I just unroll what I need.

It is much less than the prices of the Cutler and Randall Burkey ones.

My motto: Buy wholesale and cut out the middle man.

good luck

No matter how much we push the envelope it is still stationary......
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No matter how much we push the envelope it is still stationary......
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post #9 of 24

trust this and me . you cannot keep racoons out with that cheep vinal netting ... i f uou only let the birds out in the day and u lock them at night thats fine  but watch out because coons come out daytime also . ive lost many friendly good chicken friends with that netting

I have a small closed flock of wheaten Marans since early   2009 my names Randy
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I have a small closed flock of wheaten Marans since early   2009 my names Randy
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post #10 of 24
Thread Starter 

Thanks, everyone, for your help.  We'll probably bite the bullet and use chicken wire overhead to be on the safe side.

Sandie
AGS/ADGA/NDGA Nigerian Dwarf Goats

1 sweet, accommodating husband, 23 Nigerian Dwarf goats, 16 Buff Orpington hens, 2 BO rooster, 4 RIR hens, 1 mini poodle, 1 Great Pyr
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Sandie
AGS/ADGA/NDGA Nigerian Dwarf Goats

1 sweet, accommodating husband, 23 Nigerian Dwarf goats, 16 Buff Orpington hens, 2 BO rooster, 4 RIR hens, 1 mini poodle, 1 Great Pyr
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