Can I use aviary netting on top of the run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kathyinmo, Jun 14, 2009.

  1. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Can I use aviary netting on the top of the run? The run is going to be around 50' x 50' and it is soooo costly to use hardware cloth. The fence will be 6 foot tall welded wire (2x4), with hardware cloth on the bottom 2 ft, and 1 foot underground (or ON the ground). Since I plan to lock them up at night, in a secure coop, can I use aviary netting on the top? The main purpose is to keep the chicken hawks from swooping down during the day. Thanks, Kathy
  2. Judy

    Judy Crowing

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia

    It won't protect them from coons and such, but should work for flying predators.
  3. maf2008

    maf2008 Songster

    Feb 19, 2009
    That is EXACTLY what I did! and Then I got a "solar fence unit" Go and get one. [​IMG] They are easy to set up too. it is a battery powered electric fence. I sleep good at night knowing nothing will break into the coop. [​IMG] We have coons, possums, bobcats, mountian lions....
    How do I know nothing will get the chickens? Both of my dogs where playing around the chicken area when I flipped the "power switch" Yikes! [​IMG] They both jumped and yelped when they touched the wire. I was sorry that they got shocked/zapped. [​IMG] (you can't tell a dog to be careful!)

    I KNOW that my coop/run is safe. [​IMG] On the top I do have the netting and its a lot easier to work with. I just "twist tie" with wire together with the chicken wire on the sides. Good luck!

  4. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

    May 11, 2008
    Howell Michigan
    Covering a 50x50 area with netting is going to be very expensive as well. Also supporting it presents another problem. My son lives in SW Missouri as well and due to the number of commercial poultry operations around him, hundreds of raptors frequent the area. He allows his birds to free range and in seven years he has never lost a bird to hawks or eagles and he sees both regularily.
  5. BBK

    BBK Songster

    Apr 14, 2009
    upstate NY
    That's what we used, too. But I zip tied them to the fence on the sides and together on the top. It didn't fit acrossed. Only problem so far is when it rains. If you don't hit the side of the coop B4 going in and you mistakenly hit it while in there, your wet![​IMG]

  6. Sissy

    Sissy Songster

    Jul 18, 2007
    Sevier county, Tn.
    We put chicken wire on the top of the run which also houses the coop.
    but I would feel it safer .to cover the chicken wire with hardware cloth.
    so thats another project for next free week end.
  7. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    My large run is covered with bird netting and it works great. It cost me less than $30 and wasn't really that difficult to support or attach.
  8. annek

    annek Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    Quote:where do you get the bird netting from? and what is the size?

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