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Aviary netting & Wood selection

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by FoxRiverRat, Mar 21, 2016.

  1. FoxRiverRat

    FoxRiverRat Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2016
    Hi all,

    I have a couple questions regarding the run/coop.

    1.) Would you recommend 1" square Aviary netting or something similar but different to cover a run? I have a 18' x 8' run made out of 4' tall chainlink fence. My idea is to create 1 or 2 "T" posts to hold the netting up to 6' tall in the peak and then zip tie it to the top of the chainlink. (picture it forming a circus tent sort of shape).

    2.) for those "T" posts, should I use cedar or is treated would Ok since it's in the run, but not part of the coop? I heard Cedar can be bad for a chickens respiratory system, but I thought that might not be an issue in the run vs making the coop itself out of cedar.

  2. JetCat

    JetCat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2015
    Southeast Alabama
    you can go up to 2" on the top netting without any issues. cedar would be fine to use as your T post.
  3. FoxRiverRat

    FoxRiverRat Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2016
    Thanks Jetcat!
  4. CGilbert

    CGilbert Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 2, 2015
    Spirit Lake, ID
    It's mainly the cedar shavings or chips that cause the respiratory issues. Even if you use some cedar in the coop, it should be fine because they won't be getting debris from it in their lungs.
    In the run, I would suggest treated so you don't have to worry about it rotting in a few years.
    On top of the run, I'd suggest something similar to soccer netting:

    You don't need to do chickenwire.
    Good luck!
  5. FoxRiverRat

    FoxRiverRat Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 5, 2016
    thank you cgilbert. I'll check into the soccer netting too.

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