Covering run with?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by wannabchick, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    So I read a
    Love u have been so helpful.

    If I were to use bird netting over my kennel run

    What type of netting?, I see their are different kinds, different mesh sizes, knots..what should I be choosing
    We have lots of hawks

    What do you suggest I purchase?

    Thank u
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2011
  2. SandyK

    SandyK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 8, 2009
    Eldersburg, Maryland
    If you don't want to worry about holes, you need to buy the heavy duty nylon netting. Here's the link where we bought ours from. It held up in this winter's 70" of snow, plus lots of heavy sticks and branches falling on it.
    We bought the 25'x50' with 2" holes.
  3. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 8, 2008
    Fleetwood, PA
    I've used deer netting to keep hawks out & it has worked well. Comes in 7 by 100 ft. rolls. Any of the garden netting would work, depending on the size you need. That being said, the ice has taken my one section down twice this winter, so keep that in mind. The aviary netting mentioned above is great, just depends on your budget.
  4. farmer_lew

    farmer_lew Hi-Tech Redneck

    Jun 29, 2010
    In the hills
    Since you have hawks, I'd go with the strongest netting you can afford.
  5. DiamondOaksFarm

    DiamondOaksFarm New Egg

    Feb 18, 2011
    Everyone doesn't just use chicken wire? Is it not strong enough to keep the hawks out?
  6. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2009
    East Tennessee
    Quote:Some on here say to use silver streamers, twine criss-crossed, pie tins or CD's hanging. I would opt for deer netting. Drawback to it is that it must be fastened together to create a usable width. That is tedious. Bird netting on the other hand is already in widths up to 25 ft X whatever length you buy. It is flimsier, but will likely discourage airborne predators nonethless. I would use a system of poles topped with maybe 18" -24" dia circular plywood discs at their tops to help support it.

    Regardless of what netting you go with, it will be tedious to attach it everywhere. I did the silver streamers and they are sooooo ugly. Went up in couple hours tho.

    See 'My BYC Page' for how it came out. Have to scroll down a while to get there. Lots of pics.

  7. kannna

    kannna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 2, 2010
    Martha's Vineyard
    The roof of our run has a frame of 2x4s covered in chicken wire and then covered in a heavy duty tarp to keep out rain and snow. The tarp is then held down with more 2x4s screwed to the original frame. No hawks, snow, or nor'easter are gettin through there.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  8. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    Thank u to each one of you your advice and links

  9. rebbetzin

    rebbetzin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 4, 2008
    Tucson AZ
    I am going to be redoing my chicken run area. We are putting in a 6 ft block wall around the backyard!! It will be nice to have a more secure fence.. but it means I have to do some rearranging of my current set up.

    I am thinking of using the old wooden fence sections to make a new larger chicken run area. I am thinking I will cover the top with "stock wire" fencing. the holes are 2in X 4in. I will have to build a frame of some sort. Or another idea is to use PVC lattice over the top, the holes are 3 in sqares. Small birds could get in I suppose.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2011
  10. wannabchick

    wannabchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 27, 2010
    Northen Va
    Lattice that's a great idea..when I think about it

    Infact I could do netting and lattice and that would surely work and look nice

    Great idea


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