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here's YOUR xmas present, BYC! (netting solution)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by WildBurroShirts.com, Dec 24, 2009.

  1. WildBurroShirts.com

    WildBurroShirts.com Songster

    Dec 4, 2008
    Carson City, NV

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, Happy Kwanza, etc! Here's your present: a solution to roof netting sag. (which sounds sorta harmless but...well, it ain't pretty!)

    OK...I'm broke thirty, so I used cheap fruit tree/Home Depot netting over the biggest run since it's huge: 35x40 feet in the main area with a side yard off behind the coop.

    Problem is...as soon as it snowed even slightly, the netting drooped down to the ground, which meant I used up ALL of my cusswords trying to stand under it and gently poof the snow off...

    <imagine 40 pounds of snow down the back of your shirt at 5am...not a pretty sight>

    I priced how much it would cost me to put posts up and gerryrig something to hold it up...and cussed some more.

    Then I remembered I had two tall ladders...and two 12 foot tall ladders carefully opened in the run---which pushed the netting upward two or three feet higher than its normal height---was the answer. Yes, it looks odd, and makes the netting look like a circus tent in those two spots. But the net is so taut now that the snow sifts through.

    I know this because I've gotten over 16 inches of snow in the last two weeks! My camera died but I'll try and take a pic tomorrow. I'm at about 5,000 foot elevation in Nevada, and the only thing I had to do is tie the ladders together for wind...but the snow somehow sifts thru since the netting is so tight.

    Merry Christmas!

    (btw, if anybody want some freeeeee EE roos, hatched 9/09, ask me!)

  2. farmin'chick

    farmin'chick Songster

    Apr 13, 2009
    Rocky Mount VA
    Woohoo! Good job! And I'll bet the chickens love the ladder steps, too -- or they will when they come back out of the coop!
  3. bigoakhunter

    bigoakhunter Songster

    Jul 29, 2009
    Good tip. This might come in handy in the future. Merry Christmas!

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