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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by PinkE, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. PinkE

    PinkE In the Brooder

    Mar 20, 2013
    Crawfordsville, Indiana
    I had aviary netting over the outside corral/run for my chooks cause there are Hawks in the area, well as the leaves fell it kept catching them, got weighted down so I removed it and used string to weave a top layer of webbing to keep the hawks out, I used the fence and made the openings around 6 inches so leaves could fall thru, which they did, it was working fine until yesterday. As I was walking to the coop, my BO got so excited she jumped in the air going half way thru the openings getting her foot tangled, she just hung there upside down, not moving, I got her untangled and she held perfectly still till I did. I was thinking if there WAS a hawk in the area she would have been a sitting duck for a hawk attack. Now I don't know what to do. Or if this will happen again.

  2. jetdog

    jetdog Songster

    Jun 18, 2013
    Put the netting back on and I somewhere where someone used a old tree to hold the netting up a good distance off the top of the run, the trick was they put a bucket on top of the tree so it wouldn't snag or rip the netting, it looked like a good idea to me.
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Put the netting back up and keep the leaves cleaned off it?
    Do you deal with snowfall? If so, you might want to think about a wire mesh large enough to not hold the snow.
  4. 4 the Birds

    4 the Birds Songster

    Oct 15, 2010
    Westfield, Indiana
    I don't know how big your run is but a solid cover or roof will work best. This will provide shade in the Summer and help keep out snow and rain in the Winter. I have used aviary and deer netting in the past in areas of the run but I removed it after awhile. The problem I had was that sparrows would often get tangled in the net and I was cutting them free every few days. Often they became so entangled that they did not survive (they try to get to the feed in the run). Heavy snow would be problematic for a net roof cover. If you can't swing a solid roof then a large wire mesh may be the way to go.

  5. PheasantsFirst

    PheasantsFirst Songster

    Jul 17, 2013
    Eastern Washington
    Unless you have netting 1/2 inch or less,(and even then it might still happen) a bird can/will get stuck in anything. I've never had problems with my chickens but I've had some of my pheasants get caught in 2 inch net. really the only way they can't get caught is to use 1/2 inch square wire. But good luck with what every you choose.
  6. chfite

    chfite Songster

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    How high is the netting? Mine is 6 feet. I doubt my chubby hens could fly that high.

    Yours must have been quite excited.


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