Deer Netting/Barrier

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bufforp89, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    Has anyone used deer netting for makeshift runs with success? I have a large garden area, over an acre that I would like mine to be able to wander but dont want them in my front yard. I figure it would be a pretty cheap and easy way to contain them. I dont expect it to keep predators out but will it keep my chickens in? I can get a roll 7' high and 100' long for 15 bucks or so and thought that I could make a few different daytime runs for my different flocks....
  2. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    I used deer netting over part of my run... Last night we had 60 MPH winds, and rain, the netting was destroyed. You can rip that stuff with one finger I wouldn't reccomend it. If you can't afford hardware cloth try chicken wire, at least the part of the top of the run covered in that survived the hurricane force winds
  3. lightfoot

    lightfoot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2010
    NW minnesota
    I too would like to find material for temporary pens. chicken wire is hard to work with. don't need predator proof, just chicken proof and easy to work with. cheap also helps.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Deer netting will discourage hawks, and discourage chickens from flying out, but remember it won't keep climbing predators out.

    Also it will, guaranteed, come down in the snow.

    Although chickenwire tends to also.

  5. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    It works fine for me. Does not tear with one finger, I nearly cut my fingers while trying to tear it by hand when I couldn't find my scissors.
    It also has not fallen apart, we have been having crazy wind and rain, with wet leaves, and it's still doing great. I have a top made from the same stuff to keep them from flying out.
    Also, on the plus side, you won't see it unless you really look, lol. I used green 4ft plastic coated metal garden sticks, $1.30 each, I think.

    Here's mine. The big area is 22ft by 40ft, covered. There's a 5ft by 20ft run out to it also covered, but has chicken wire, 50ft is not enough, lol. The truck top is a run-in area for them when there is too much wind or sudden rain or even to chill out from the sun w/o going all the way back inside the coop.
    Last edited: Oct 27, 2010
  6. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    I use the heavy stuff around my garden to keep chickens and deer at bay. It is easier to work with than chicken wire--I clamp it to 1-inch plastic pipe and take it down at the end of summer. It will hold back chickens and deer--if it is high enough--but won't stop a determined predator--I've even had rabbits chew through it.
  7. bufforp89

    bufforp89 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 26, 2009
    Chenango Forks NY
    Im not so much worried about predators, my chickens free range so they are at risk anyways, I am just looking for something that can keep them in one spot.
  8. boykin2010

    boykin2010 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2010
    South Georgia
    ok i was actually thinking of fencing in my entire backyard which is probably 6 acres. What should i use to keep predators out. here is south ga we have almost all the predators possums raccoons hawks stray dogs cats fox bobcats coyote and on a rare occasion a black bear and panthers can be found. But i dont think i will have any problem except for racoons hawks fox and the cats and dogs. If i used that deer netting do u think it would work? Also what should i put on top to discourage hawks. If i kept turkeys in with the chickens would that discourage hawks from swooping down and getting my chickens???
    If i fenced in 6 acres would that be enough room for about 30 chickens 5 or so turkeys and about a dozen ducks. Also here is the layout of the six acres to the side there is these tall bushes probably 8 or 9 feet tall and it goes in a straight line all the way to the back. One side is partially fenced in with electric wire for horses and the back is pine trees.
  9. mgibbzzz

    mgibbzzz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 18, 2008
    Somerset, OH
    I have used deer netting for a couple of years now with no problem. I mainly use it as a top cover over my runs to keep my birds from flying out.
  10. woodmort

    woodmort Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 6, 2010
    Oxford NY
    Quote:It'll work for that.

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