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

    Jun 16, 2009
    :)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

    Apr 12, 2009
    Gilbert, Arizona
    I say either aviary netting or shade cloth.
  4. Wynette

    Wynette Crowing

    Sep 25, 2007
    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

    Apr 23, 2008
    Central Louisiana
    Deer netting -- you can get it at Lowe's or Home depot stores.
  6. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    We used chicken wire.

  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

    Snap62 Songster

    Jun 1, 2009
    Okemah, Oklahoma
    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

    dsedler Chirping

    Mar 27, 2009
    Cincinnati, OH
    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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