an inexpensive top to put on chicken run?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by bare threads farm, Jun 16, 2009.

  1. bare threads farm

    bare threads farm Hatching

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    :)does any one have any good Ideas on what kind of inexpensive cover to put over a 20X20 chicken run?

    Thank You, Grandmother of 2, 1st time chicken :cdowner of 26 NH Reds, 1 black and white Polish Hen, and just received 4, 6 week old Cochins.... Help![​IMG]
     
  2. Deanner03

    Deanner03 The Cake Queen

    Are you looking for something for shade or something to keep predators out????
     
  3. phoenixmama

    phoenixmama Songster

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    I say either aviary netting or shade cloth.
     
  4. Wynette

    Wynette Crowing

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    I used chicken wire; it was the least expensive option I found at the time. The drawback for me is that in winter, the snow collects on it, and I have to go in with a broom I sort of bounce it up & down so the snow falls through, or the load is too heavy. But, I typically only need to do that on very heavy snows, so it's only a few times a year. A 20x20 run wouldn't cost that much to cover in chicken wire.
     
  5. TerriLaChicks

    TerriLaChicks Crowing

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    Deer netting -- you can get it at Lowe's or Home depot stores.
     
  6. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

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    We used chicken wire.

    -Kim
     
  7. Frizzled

    Frizzled Songster

    Are you wanting to keep the chickens the run or keep them dry? To keep mine in I use a plastic netting from Lowes hardware, its pretty cheap and easy to work with. You have to thread some type of line between the 4 foot sections to keep it together but that worked great for me.
     
  8. Snap62

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    I topped mine with plastic fencing. It's the orange colored plastic fencing that you see along some roadways around drain pipes or erosive areas.

    I found mine at "Orchelin's", but they also have it at Lowe's, and Home Depot.

    It's orange, plastic, and looks a lot like chicken wire, in shape.

    I hope this helps
     
  9. dsedler

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    I'm covering mine with plastic chicken wire. I got it at Lowes. 4' x 50' was only $13.
     
  10. i use aviary or deer netting over my big girls pen area. Although, if i had it to do over (and i will at some point) i would use chicken wire. The netting can get torn and i do get squirrels crawling in between the overlaps, even though they are connected together every foot or so. i'm sure a determined predator of any type could get in through it. But my girls are locked up tight in their coop at night.

    On my bantam pens, i only use hardware cloth, as they need more protecting.
     

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