an inexpensive top to put on chicken run?

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Jun 16, 2009
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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!
 

Wynette

Crowing
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Sep 25, 2007
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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.
 

Frizzled

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Apr 28, 2009
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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.
 

Snap62

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Jun 1, 2009
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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
 

Enchanted Sunrise Farms

Crowing
12 Years
Apr 26, 2007
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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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