Two days ago we were sitting in the yard watching our chickens when a bird resembling a merlin swooped to within three feet of one of our birds. People say merlins won't go after anything as big as a chicken but this one certainly looked menacing and came back the next day. I want to run some netting over our backyard area to discourage birds of prey but here in Connecticut we get plenty of snow. Does anyone have experience with bird netting and snow? Will it stay up? Any fastening techniques? Is there any kind you recommend over another? And would putting it in strips (i.e. in two foot sections) help alleviate the weight of the snow? I would be doing a fairly large area, approximately 40' X 40', using the house and trees to anchor the netting. Any advice would be appreciated.