Aviary netting for the top of a chicken or duck run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DaKid, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. DaKid

    DaKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aviary netting for the top of a chicken or duck run how Predator proof is it
    I was placing 2"x 4" wire up 6 ft higth with 2 ft. chicken wire 1/2 buried and the other 1/2 tied to the wire - Now my questions is this how predator proof is using heavy 1" netting for the top .
    I've seem to be dealing with racoons - fisher cats - harks and some possiums here , which I been setting up traps , put my new pens I was thing going with aviary netting instade of chicken wire or 2x4 wire for the top half or roof of the aviarys , runs or pens .
    what you think will the coons and fisher cat chew a hole in the netting
     
  2. BLaBauve

    BLaBauve Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 14, 2009
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    We used to have netting above our run. Then one night a pack of raccoons busted through it and killed all but 1 of our chickens. We were devestated. We built a real roof after that and are so happy. Don't learn the hard way.
     
  3. DaKid

    DaKid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You build a roof over the run ..........I have coops which there in at night but I'm talking ABOUT the runs.

    I don't lock them up in there coops during the warm weather up here in northern mass. but I do during the colder months to help keep them warm .
     
  4. clothdiaperingmom

    clothdiaperingmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say, if you dont lock them up at night, every night, you might want to find a more predator proof material to use!!
    I dont think it would take anything to chew through that netting.
     
  5. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    After installing the netting, add a sign saying dinner is served. After installing a real, solid roof over the run,( yes, will be more expensive at first) not only does it deter most predators, they also have the advantage of decreasing snow from falling into the run, decreasing amount of mud from snow thaw and/or rain. Also provides much needed shade in the heat of the summer sun.
     
  6. Ravishaw

    Ravishaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in AZ... out in agricultural land. We have coyotes and hawks. Hawks/owls avoid bird netting. The coyotes can not climb the hardware fabric. That leaves mice and gophers, and I hate gophers!
     
  7. Bossroo

    Bossroo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We in the high desert in the Big Valley of Cal. ,the most poductive agricultural area in the country, just add water, have tons of coyotes ( coydogs too) and hawks, but many more that are much more sectretive fox, racoons, possoms, bobcats, cougars, tons of groundsquirels, moles, voles, mice, rats, etc.. Quite a few Coyotes,coydogs, foxes, racoons, and possoms are known to thrive in suburbia. So, I am sure that they are in your area too. There isn't any small scale active chicken raising within at least 10 mile radius (that I am even aware of due to predation )of us. Only a few long ago abandoned chicken houses and pens. I have to keep mine inside my horse barn 24/7 or I don't have a snowball's chanse in h*ll to have one survive. Also, I only buy then raise the Cornish X meat chickens for 6-8 weeks ( 2-3 times a year) then butcher them. Only one commercial egg production and one broiler ( now closing) operations under fort knox conditions.
     

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