Deer netting as poultry protection

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by greyartist, May 11, 2010.

  1. greyartist

    greyartist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have experiance with it? I'm looking for a way to encircle the entire place to keep my chickens out of the cow pasture where the foxes are picking them off during the day. And not go broke! We have cow pastures behind and right of us, horse pasture in front and a wooded area on the left side. I was thinking I could attach the netting to the existing fence post (cow-barbed wire, horse-electric) then to trees along the edge of the woods. Would it work?
    They have a safe coop for night time but they love foraging during the day and go father then they should.

    DuPont 7' x 100' Deer Netting = $12.97 @ lowes
     
  2. bakerjw

    bakerjw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd think that it'd keep the chickens where you want them. Since it's only $13.00 it might be worth trying.
     
  3. GoodEgg

    GoodEgg Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use it as overhead netting to deter hawks. If a hawk tries to hit through it, he gets slowed down. The netting tears, but the hawk flies away without a chicken. I can patch the netting.

    It will keep chickens in as long as you seal any gaps or rips. They are good at finding their way through them. But definitely cost effective so I use it. I think I paid about $12 for a 15 x 100 foot roll this year. That covers a lot of area. Speaking of which when I let this year's crop out to free-range I have the same situation -- a cowfield on the other side of barbed wire. That's where the other half of my roll will be going ...

    I also got some heavier stuff at Lowe's I made some baby runs from. It's 4x 50 I think, and black plastic mesh squares about 3/4" square -- maybe a little bigger. I think I paid about $12-14 for it and it's MUCH sturdier than deer netting. I expect it will last much longer. They both have their uses. [​IMG]
     
  4. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    what's the gap between the upright wire? we use deer netting here and chicken wire 3ft up to stop larger dogs.
     
  5. greyartist

    greyartist Chillin' With My Peeps

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    "what's the gap between the upright wire?" not sure what you mean here. Chicken wire isn't really an option simply because of the distance to cover, we estimating close to 1000 ft.
     
  6. Chicky Tocks

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    DH and I have completely enclosed our garden with deer netting. Our garden is boundered by railroad cross ties. We bought t-post, and one roll of deer netting (100 feet) and that was exactly to the last inch of what we needed. Our baby plants are safe now. Wish I could say as much for my baby lillies. We were too late to save them.
     
  7. La Mike

    La Mike (Always Slightly Off)

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    A fox will tear right through deer netting if he wants your chickens
    I use a netting from TEK Supply that isnt too expensive but 50 times stronger I think I paid like 300 for 25 ft x 100 ft
     
  8. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:like this... this is what we called deer/ fawn netting, the gap between the vertical wires are about 6"

    [​IMG]
     
  9. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use deer netting from Lowe's to keep chickens in certain areas but not control of predators.

    [​IMG] U post with 1 x 2 and netting stapled to the wood.

    [​IMG] Attaches easily when chain link is reached.

    [​IMG] Same spot after freezing rain followed by 1-1/2" of sleet and then several inches of snow.
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2010
  10. bakerjw

    bakerjw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is a good looking net set up. I'll be doing something like that to keep my new birds in their new chicken run.
     

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