How to keep out hawks?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by maliciousglow, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. maliciousglow

    maliciousglow New Egg

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    I live in the panhandle of Florida, very close to a nature preserve and there are a lot of predators out here. I'm developing the schematics for my chicken run and would like to know what is the best type of wire/fencing/mesh to keep out hawks? In that vein, I also will have to deal with possums, raccoons, foxes, and cats.
     
  2. TexasLisa

    TexasLisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello from Rosenberg (Houston), Texas! How big will your pen/run be? I have only been in the chicken business for 4 years. Here is what we have done: We put up an electric fence (wire around the base of the fence) and I made a 'cobweb' of heavy gauge fishing line over the top of the pen/run. The fishing line sparkles in the sun and will deter the flying predators. Since putting up the electric fence and the cobweb, no varmints have gotten in.

    Good luck on making them safe.

    Lisa :)
     
  3. maliciousglow

    maliciousglow New Egg

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    Well, the run with be a chicken tunnel going alongside the garden beds, approximately 50 feet long and roughly 3 feet tall.
     
  4. TexasLisa

    TexasLisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You are going to have a 'chunnel'. Cool. I would think your flock would be safe from flying predators. How are you anchoring the fence into the ground?
    Some people will make an 'apron' with the fencing, so the dogs can't dig under it.
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    Lisa :)
     
  5. maliciousglow

    maliciousglow New Egg

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    Figured I'd do something like that. I'm just not sure what material to use
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    2x4 welded wire will keep hawks out....and slow most everything else down at least.
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  7. maliciousglow

    maliciousglow New Egg

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    Nice design! Thank you
     
  8. TexasLisa

    TexasLisa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good Morning aart!

    That is a nice design. Did you put an 'apron' on it?

    How's the weather?

    Lisa :)
     
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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  10. chickenchatting

    chickenchatting Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Would you please let me know what you used on the top, and the posts. Thanks.
     

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