can you use the Plastic poultry netting on coops/pens?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by littlequail21, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. littlequail21

    littlequail21 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2011
    [​IMG] ok i feel like Nancy drew trying to find all the clues and hints on how to make a good Low cost pen/coop ((side note why are some called coops and other pens??) anyway so i noticed at the store its Much cheaper to buy the hard Plastic poultry netting, comes in a dark green color, but i noticed many of you don't use that. you use the steel. i wonder how strong or how well it really is? can coons or other quail eating animals Break and chew it with there teeth?? let me know thanks!! [​IMG]
  2. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    i wouldn't use plastic, main thing is threat of invaders, a racoon could EASILY tear that open, and ravage your whole flock

    as far as the coop/pen, i've always thought that coops were for multiple birds, and pens are for breeding (1m/1f)
  3. JJMR794

    JJMR794 Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 2, 2009
    Ok Ms Nancy.... Drew Yourself A Favor ( [​IMG] )... Pony Up The Money And Build It Out Of 1/2 Inch Hardware Cloth (metal Hardware Cloth) While The Initial Onset Will Be More Expensive The Lack Of Lost Stock Catches You Up In A Short Time Period

    My Advice... Dont Use Plastic Fencing Of Anykind Unless You Purposefully Want To Feed Predators. It Has Zero Tenstile Strength... Poor Stuff Could Keep A Garden Slug Out, Much Less A Hungry Raccoon
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2011
  4. littlequail21

    littlequail21 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 12, 2011
    Quote:[​IMG] Well you talked me in to it. will do. Sounds like its worth the extra money for a number of reasons. "1/2 Inch Hardware Cloth" CHECKED, off on my list of things to get. thank you!!
  5. Denninmi

    Denninmi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Technically, the coop is the enclosed house used for nighttime confinement. A pen or run is an area enclosed in fencing for the purpose of containing livestock or poultry. Generally, you would have a coop inside of or connected to the pen or run.
  6. elieugene6

    elieugene6 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2010
    Western ny
    I have used it but only because I was using for containment only. I would never think of using it to deter predators. My geese can break through it if they want to. I lock everyone up safe and sound about an hour before dark. Regular chicken wire isn't even strong enough to deter predators. However if you wish to divide up a pen into different sections or something like that its great. No cutting yourself on the wire and you can cut it with scissors.
  7. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Getting my hardware cloth tommorw
  8. stilldeb

    stilldeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2010
    NW Kentucky
    We use the plastic stuff only as toppers on our runs, to keep chickens from flying out and unwanted 'visitors' from flying in during the day, and everybody is locked up tight at night.
  9. nook addict

    nook addict Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 11, 2010
    At B&N
    I use the metal stuff coated with the plastic.... strong, and works great!
  10. Mibotsu

    Mibotsu Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2011
    Balbriggan, Ireland
    Quote:i thought of that, but then the other thought popped into mind...pop sticking to the plastic D:

    at least moreso then stickign to the smaller wire

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