Help avoiding "drop-ins"

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Rt66Kix, Apr 18, 2017.

  1. Rt66Kix

    Rt66Kix Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'm planning to buy Premier 1 Poultry Plus Netting; make a big circle; place my hen house (which is bolted to a small trailer) inside the "paddock," and let the hens run around inside. Since we have hawks and a possible bald eagle in the area, I plan to get a swimming pool net to place over the paddock to avoid aerial attacks. However, there are places in the yard where I will move the paddock under a tree or row of hedges/small trees. It would not be possible to put a net over the paddock in those areas.

    My concern is a predator climbing a tree/bush and dropping in uninvited. At night I plan to lock the hens in the house, and all the windows/doors will be covered with hardware mesh. During the day they will be out hopefully eating bugs and scratching up the dirt.

    Thoughts? I appreciate any and all help; this will be the first time I've ever had chickens and I don't want to lose any! Thanks.
  2. BYCforlife

    BYCforlife Chicken Obsessed

    Mar 18, 2017
    Hello! [​IMG]! For my chicken coop, I have baler twine all across the top of my run, spaced about 1 foot apart. A swimming pool net might sag sometimes, baler twine is very light. The hawks/eagle need to spread their wings apart to land, and they would not be able to do so through the twine. I have trees all around my coop, and I have never had any problems with animals, since I put up the twine. If you are still worried, you could build a large run with wheels with a chicken wire top. I used a bunny cage before I built my run.

    Have fun!

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