Aviary Netting-Pen enclosure ideas?

Discussion in 'Peafowl' started by frenchblackcopper, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. frenchblackcopper

    frenchblackcopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We started putting metal on the new peafowl home this past weekend,,got the roof almost done and will add metal to the sides this weekend then the building should be completed.But I'm always thinking ahead and the pens will be the next challenge.I've considered using chain link fence 100%,,(for the pens) or possibly laying a piece of metal siding longways so it's 3' high width will be all along the ground so they cannot see into the next pen

    Chain link fence is expensive and hard to work with alone.I've considered using 2"x4" welded wire on top of the 3' metal siding,,the 2"x4" welded wire comes in 48" and 60" high rolls,and if I use the 60" high this with the sheet metal base should get the pens 8 feet high.Is it better to have the pens so birds cannot easily see into whats going on next to them? I can skip this part and it would make building pens a lot faster.Or I can use cattle panels,,they are very heavy wire,come in 16' lengths and are 50" high,,these can go on top of the sheet metal side walls instead of the 2"x4" welded wire.Or I can build each pen completely with these heavy wire panels.

    But my biggest obstacle is the netting for the top.I do plan to use 2x2 diamond shaped netting with the highest strength they make,125lbs breaking strength.But what has me wondering is,,how to do this.The pens will be 10' wide and 32' long.wood 4"x4" posts will be placed every 8' along the perimeter and the inside pens dividing walls as well.I don't want to use wood across the tops of these wood posts to hold the netting up,1) They will eventually sag 2)they get expensive especially if using treated wood 3) Any rough spots can snag the netting causing it to rip.

    I've looked at using PCV plastic pipe to lay the netting over,,then using 1/8" stainless steel wire rope(cable) to pull this framework up to 8' high then building the inside pen walls.1 1/2" PCV pipe seems very strong and is only about $4.50 for a 10" piece,,I've considered using just the 1/8" stainless steel rope only as the framework to hold the netting up with.With spans of only 8 and 10 feet on the 4"x4" poles,,I think I can easily pull this cable tight enough so it won't sag,and the breaking strength is 1725 lbs.on this size steel rope-cable.

    Is it easier to install the netting before building the interior pen walls,or doing everything on ladders after the pens are built? How hard is it to pull and attach the netting so it's tight enough by yourself?
     
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  2. SportTees

    SportTees Chillin' With My Peeps

    Pvc would work for making a frame roof. I used metal poles to do the same thing a few years ago with good results. Sounds like you have put allot of thought into it. Post pics I would like to see how it turns out. [​IMG]
     
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  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    For my temp pens since we needed something quick, I used a 20 X 40 pipe frame car port. I set up the frame and anchored them into post set 4 ft in the ground. I then stretched the flight netting over the top and 1/2 way down the sides. I put the tarp cover on over top of the netting. I then used 2X2 wire dog fencing stretched around the sides and railroad ties along the bottom. Now that it's been up it works really well. We got the frame & tarp new for $269... We wanted something easy to reuse since I want to later divide up all my colors and make other pens.... but it sure did the job.
     
  5. frenchblackcopper

    frenchblackcopper Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can easily space the 4x4's 11' apart,instead of every 8'.And I have plenty of used metal siding to use as the bottom along each pen,especially the middle ones.Now I guess it comes to the netting,,seems it comes 15,20 and 30 feet wide,,and if I buy the narrower net,it will need to be sticthed together.I know I need extra over the sides to pull it tight and to then roll it up and fasten it.If 3 pens are a total of 33' wide,,and 33-35' long,I would need a 40' by 40' net,yes? How much extra net is needed beyond the actual enclosure size? Thanks
     
  6. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Depending on how you are doing it, not much. I always used the metal square head roofing nails, wrap the ends around them and drove them in..... So not much extra needed.
     
  7. bnjrob

    bnjrob Overrun With Chickens

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    Just as an FYI - regular PVC pipe degrades in sunlight, making it more prone to breakage. I couldn't tell you how long the process will take for the PVC to break down, but just wanted you to be aware in case you wanted something that would last as long as your treated wood portions. They do make furniture grade PVC pipe (which is what PVC outdoor furniture is usually made out of) but it can be a challenge to find, and it is a little more expensive than the regular PVC that you find at the hardware store.
     
  8. bdfive

    bdfive Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We managed to hang onto a lot of the metal standing seem roofing from having a large home built. Contractors tossed aside anything with the least little bend happening when it was delivered. It worked great between the pens to keep males from seeing each other but it's so darn hot here in south central Texas you can't even touch the metal. Happy we only installed it in one of 4 pens. The enclosure would have been like an oven. Also no air flow so my question is should I get some sort of anti-sight barrier? Anyone have a suggestion what and where? Thanks much.
     
  9. bdfive

    bdfive Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Meant to say we didn't use netting on the top of our four 4 pens, each anywhere from 10 to 12 feet wide and 30 feet long including 10 foot shed closed on 3 sides at one end. Reason was large rock squirrels that chew through everything not to mention nasty raccoons. Now we're running underground electricity and water back there. We'll be able to install a hot wire around the perimeter of what I'm going to call a large courtyard to let the peafowl out into. Our problem with building anything is the numerous numbers of Live Oak trees we have on the property. No way can we bring ourselves to cut any down. Putting hot wire around the courtyard up from the ground because of a netted ceiling isn't going to solve the problem of the squirrels and other predators accessing the top by jumping from over hanging tree limbs. Any suggestions? Thanks.
     
  10. Doctor T

    Doctor T Out Of The Brooder

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    A 20 by 40 pipe frame car port? Where the heck did you find that?

     

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