Originally Posted by CanuckBock
Besides the winged predators, the most aggressively hard to keep at bay predators for us are grizzly bears and cougars, never mind tiny weasels could become an issue some day. Sheep barn has welded wire panels over windows and a sliding barn door but don't do one much good when the young black bear swung by chased by neighbours into our place in the DAYtime...ack.
Jacobs calmly noted bear in the background...YIKES!
The lower level of net could even be chicken wire (yeh, I know...dumb name as "chicken" wire don't usually even keep chooks in!) or as the link I posted says, something orange (get a deal on snow fence if you find any in your area Deb? ) but then again, other than our greenhouse and new orchard area, colour co-ordination for orange is kinda difficult. But hey, desert area, terra cotta look. I do know you are designing yer coops to be purdy too...something to admire past how pretty poultry is.
We use hardware cloth in most all applications (seen a red tailed hit it full tilt and we both laughed our butts off...you may view the birds nicely, soft and not harmful to birds hitting it, or birds of prey hitting it on the other side either...dang hawk!), but with hardware cloth, one may avoid using it in areas where it gets wet as the coatings may leach and poison yer birds (canary in the mine shaft syndrome...birds lean towards being more sensitive and kicking before creatures like us get ill). One time Rick had some hardware cloth over the winter tub for his pond fish (they jump too but sans water, leads to their deaths--ugh) and he noted he lost a fish...the bubbles of water from the filtration system leached some of the uglies off the hardware cloth into the water. Quick water change and new top not with hardware cloth--we learned from that blunder tout sweet. Fun how we all learn the HARD ways, eh.
Red Golden Pheasant hen in front of hardware cloth
Silver Pheasant pair behind hardware cloth
I would suggest that one avoids stucco wire...I know it's cheap but we had some from a crow recovery cage that we put up for a pheasant and she lost an eye on it...ended up dead from this injury. So I guess, chicken wire is less nasty (softer, better connections...stucco can have the joints bust and that could be what harms the birds...) if you want something wirish fer the inside top of the netted area.