Does Cloth Fencing Exist?

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  1. Goofy Chickens

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    I'm planning a garden this year, and I don't want my chickens destroying it. I want to put up a "cloth" fence around the garden but I don't even know if cloth fencing exists? This is an image of an electrical fence, but I'd LOVE to find something just like that but in cloth, and at a reasonable price. Any tips or leads?
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  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    Never heard of it-----how would you keep the dogs/predators out with a cloth fence??? The pic is a electric bird netting fence----it shocks anything that sticks their nose or what ever to it. Most cloth would not last one season because of the sun.
     
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  3. PorchChickens

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    I use deer netting to keep my chickens out of parts of the yard. It's 7 feet by 100 feet; 15 or 20 dollars at the orange home improvement place. It's too flimsy for them to attempt to perch and fly over, so they don't get out. Landscape or construction "cloth" netting I've seen smaller chickens actually land on, not sure I would use that.
     
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  4. snow5164

    snow5164 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We used nylon chicken wire on the roof of the run , it was terrible to work with because it stretches but I bet you could see threw it pretty good, it holds 200 pounds laying flat!

    Bought at peavy mart.
     
  5. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    You are just lucky you have not had a stray dog or predator come by when you are using that for the sides.
     
  6. PorchChickens

    PorchChickens Out Of The Brooder

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    The deer netting is for the chicken yard. The entire yard is fenced with welded wire and field fencing.
     
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  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Curious what you mean by 'cloth'?
    Is it the material or the size of the holes?
    Something solid rather than a mesh with holes?
    Maybe something like shade cloth?
     
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  8. RPClark

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    I use snow fencing. Of course, where you live, it might not be carried in the local home improvement stores. Here's a link to what I'm talking about:

    http://www.menards.com/main/buildin...0-green-snow-safety-fence/p-1444451731367.htm

    I first put up the snow fence for a reason other than chickens. Our acreage is on the top of a tall hill and it's quite windy. I put this snow fence around the garden to provide a windbreak that really helps my seedlings get established. A second "bonus" use is that it keeps the chickens out during the growing season.

    Snow fence is not particularly stylish or attractive, but it's durable and gets the job done. The problem with fence like this (and cloth mesh, which can be quite pricey) is that it acts like a parachute for wind and that wind loading can be quite significant. After using T-posts for the first year and having the wind loading bend them over, I installed 4X4 treated posts to hold the fence up, 8' spacing on center. The snow fence material is jst zip-tied onto the posts at the beginning of the growing season and then taken down after final harvest.
     
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  9. Goofy Chickens

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    Sorry for such a late reply. I need to tweak my profile settings to notify me of responses. My chickens free range, and I don't want them getting in my garden and scratching it bare. And since I'm not sure that this years' garden location is going to be the permanent location, I don't want to invest a lot of time and money on heavy duty materials, being that I may move it next year. So after quite a bit of digging, I have discovered "nautical fish netting," which is made of nylon. It's a cheap option for something temporary. Here's hoping it'll work!
     
  10. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    That netting will be expensive if you need much of it--its 8ft x 10ft---like a bed sheet plus the shipping doubles the price. You can get the deer netting from Lowes or tractor supply 7ft tall x 100ft long for $15. Neither one is going to be easy to put up but can be done.
     
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