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What to use for a chicken run COVER?

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My Ameracauna rooster Steve loves to fly up over my six foot high pen in order to terrorize Bob, the handsome new SL Wyandotte cockerel (little does Steve know that Bob will soon outweigh him in the extreme).  What do you all use specifically to cover your runs and prevent flying predators, hawklike and otherwise?  Is there a mesh-like screen that you suggest?  I'd like not to have to someday dub my Wyandotte guy "One-eyed Bob" due to Steve's jealousy.

I'm enjoying my evolution into a Chicken Geek.  My hen house is ridiculously lovely but very chicken smart.  We have SL and GL Wyandottes, black and blue Ameraucanas, and a couple odd balls like a Buff Orp and a Speckled Sussex.  I'm a big believer in the mindset that Thoughts Become Things.
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I'm enjoying my evolution into a Chicken Geek.  My hen house is ridiculously lovely but very chicken smart.  We have SL and GL Wyandottes, black and blue Ameraucanas, and a couple odd balls like a Buff Orp and a Speckled Sussex.  I'm a big believer in the mindset that Thoughts Become Things.
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post #2 of 24

What we've done...

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/84140_img_0884.jpg

Gail

Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Comets, Mille Fleur Cochin Bantams,  Mille Fleurs, OEGB's, 2 cats, 3 dogs, lady gouldian finches, a canary, an African Gray,  salt water fish tank and a very patient partner!
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Buff Orpingtons, Rhode Island Reds, Barred Rocks, Comets, Mille Fleur Cochin Bantams,  Mille Fleurs, OEGB's, 2 cats, 3 dogs, lady gouldian finches, a canary, an African Gray,  salt water fish tank and a very patient partner!
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post #3 of 24

We first put welded wire as the roof, but I wanted the chickens to use the run all year round, so we put up corrugated steel roof.  Hubby covered the sides with plastic, so the snow doesn't blow in.

Here's a photo

http://i934.photobucket.com/albums/ad188/daydreamer222/59bda822.jpg


Edited by Nicole01 - 11/8/11 at 10:54am
post #4 of 24

I use an opaque plastic roofing material called Tuftex and it has worked very well for the three years I have had it on the run.

Silly boys, trucks are for girls!
Married to the love of my life, living in the country with dogs and chickens
Life is good......
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Silly boys, trucks are for girls!
Married to the love of my life, living in the country with dogs and chickens
Life is good......
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post #5 of 24

Here is what I did.
Erik

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/69010_run-chain_link_004.jpg    Chain link fencing supported by 2" x 4" framework.

God, Country, Family, Honor.......  Dad to RIR, NHR, White Silkie, Wellsummers, Barred Rocks, , Golden Campines, Red Star, Dominique, Americana, Auracunas, Black Austrolorps, Blue Andalusians, Wyandottes, Old English, Orp and others
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God, Country, Family, Honor.......  Dad to RIR, NHR, White Silkie, Wellsummers, Barred Rocks, , Golden Campines, Red Star, Dominique, Americana, Auracunas, Black Austrolorps, Blue Andalusians, Wyandottes, Old English, Orp and others
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post #6 of 24

You can use deer netting...it is almost see through from just few feet away but does the trick (fairly cheap too).

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I have 2 10x10 chainlink dog kennels. Over both of them is heavy-duty woven (not welded, which is less strong) 2x2 fencing, which is wired on securely.

You can see the overlapping wire here.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19926_pen_with_cooper2.jpg

Over that, on one of the runs, is a pitched roof made of tarp (sold for 10x10 kennels).

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/19926_pen_done3.jpg

Elizabeth
Clarice (Barred Rock), Svetlana (sex-link), Audrey (AraucanaX) and Bianco (Brahma/RIR roo).
Pages: Coop; Mud Eradication; Meet my Chooks
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Elizabeth
Clarice (Barred Rock), Svetlana (sex-link), Audrey (AraucanaX) and Bianco (Brahma/RIR roo).
Pages: Coop; Mud Eradication; Meet my Chooks
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post #8 of 24
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Originally Posted by kingdr85 

You can use deer netting...it is almost see through from just few feet away but does the trick (fairly cheap too).


Does the trick for hawks perhaps--but not for any other predators!

Elizabeth
Clarice (Barred Rock), Svetlana (sex-link), Audrey (AraucanaX) and Bianco (Brahma/RIR roo).
Pages: Coop; Mud Eradication; Meet my Chooks
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Elizabeth
Clarice (Barred Rock), Svetlana (sex-link), Audrey (AraucanaX) and Bianco (Brahma/RIR roo).
Pages: Coop; Mud Eradication; Meet my Chooks
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post #9 of 24

Chain link runs are the way to go for max protection!! You guys http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/k632/stevebaslow/LuvthePics-1.gif of the chain link runs

Steve
               
It goes to show you how simple it is to entertain the human mind ........ get a couple of chickens
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Steve
               
It goes to show you how simple it is to entertain the human mind ........ get a couple of chickens
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post #10 of 24

You can use just about anything if you only want it as a barrier for birds.  Since you live in heavy snow country, you've got two choices in style.  You have to use something with really large holes that won't collect snow or you have to build a support structure that will hold up to the snow load.

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