Need to cover my chicken yard - netting?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by amy elizabeth, Nov 16, 2008.

  1. amy elizabeth

    amy elizabeth Hatching

    Sep 15, 2008
    My chicken yard is approx. 20 Ft by 40 ft - is there an inexpensive solution other than buying fight netting that is running about $300? I am trying to protect my flock from a Hawk and now must keep them confined all day. [​IMG]
  2. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Songster

    I don't know how tall yor fence is but have you considered fishing line filament? It would take awhile to string it back and forth across the top. I'd lace in a few shiney cd or old dvd discs while you were at it for extra emphasis to the predator. We use the filament wire around our garden to deture deer. And I have been thinking of lacing it over my coop too.
  3. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

    Mar 30, 2008
    Oxford County
    You can get 3/4" polypropylene bird mesh from garden supply places. You'll have to string support wires to support it. For around 25 bucks you can get a 28'X 28' piece so you should be able to protect your birds for about $50 bucks.

    (A lot cheaper than the hardware cloth I covered mine with but I also have raccoons and fishers to contend with.)

  4. hottexaschick

    hottexaschick In the Brooder

    Jul 2, 2008
    Collin County, Texas
  5. hoosier

    hoosier Songster


    I am in the process of covering my run due to hawks. :mad:
    I decided to go with monofilament and CDs because I have heard horror stories about netting and snow load. I don't know where you are located, so I don't know if that would be a factor.
  6. Kajunbanty

    Kajunbanty Songster

    Sep 14, 2008
    You can find bird netting on ebay in all sizes but one that is 25x50 sells for $29.99. I got mine from there and it was easy to install with a heavy duty staple gun.
  7. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:Can you please post a pic of what that might look like ?
  8. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    I also use the deer netting from Lowes. If you are in southern Arizona it should work fine for you and it's cheap, but I did have a problem with snow last year. Though I think I would with anything since it was very wet large flaked heavy snow. I have a serious problem with hawks and owls and it works great for me. No more losses since putting it up.
  9. jubylives

    jubylives Songster

    Mar 23, 2007
    Central Iowa

    May I suggest this? [​IMG][​IMG]:D

  10. cajunlizz

    cajunlizz Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Lafayette, Louisiana
    Quote:Deer netting ? not familiar with that . I shop lowes all the time and bought several different kinds of wire but don't think its called deer netting ... ANY PICS ?

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