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Netting Chicken wire?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Hen'nbiddies, Jan 17, 2009.

  1. Hen'nbiddies

    Hen'nbiddies In the Brooder

    Do any of you use overhead protection. We live in Central Oregon in desert country and we have loads of hawks and owls all year. I want to put up some overhead protection in my coop/run I am building. What do you use? How long will the overhead netting last with UV damage? How does chicken wire hold up? Won't it be awfully heavy to cover an area?
    Would appreciate input on this.
    Newby Hen'nbiddies

  2. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    I put chicken wire over mine. We use 2x2s from post to post and across from post to post. We actually build a frame for the wire to be attached too. In heavy snow areas I don't know if that would work. We have hawks here that would love one of my white hens for their brood. I have two runs. One is 17'x12' the other in progress will be 34'x12'. If you have a rise to put the house on it will help. The run should be below the house not above( another mistake I made when starting out). I hope this helps you some. Others on here will also help I am sure. Welcome to BYC. Jean
  3. I have wire over mine, the snow every year knocks it down and rips it to shreds, I would not recommend it for anywhere with snow loads. If you have no snow it should be fine.
  4. Hen'nbiddies

    Hen'nbiddies In the Brooder

    Thanks for letting me know what you use.[​IMG]
  5. mandomama

    mandomama Songster

    Mar 18, 2008
    corvallis oregon
    We are in the Willamette Valley so we usually dont get much snow...so we used bird netting on top. Its light weight. I wonder though if shiny ribbons strung across would work too.
  6. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

    May 13, 2008
    I use overhead protection on all of my runs, I worry about critters clawing their way ti the top, up over and BAM their in. I use poultry netting on top, I run it over long 2x4's for support. I have never had a problem I figure better safe than sorry.
  7. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

    Jun 14, 2008
    South Puget Sound
    We use cargo netting over our run to keep the girls from flying out, though they havne't het been so inclined. I'd think it would keep a hawk out, as the raptor would have a tough time flying through it to get out.

  8. mjdtexan

    mjdtexan Songster

    Sep 30, 2008
    We use the plastic netting found at Lowes hardware stores.
  9. Poohbear

    Poohbear On a Time Out

    Nov 12, 2008
    I don't have raptor problems because of my dogs but I'm wondering if something low to the ground (2 foot) or less might work? I have some pallets stacked in the field for hay and saw a few hens run and hide under them when a hawk flew over. Wooden pallets or something more pleasing to the eye perhaps? Hawks are pretty awkward on the ground and a chicken can outrun them walking, so any kind of low ground cover would be of benefit. perhaps netting that would allow sunshine in and grass to grow under it? Just thinking???[​IMG]
  10. charlotteda

    charlotteda Songster

    Dec 28, 2008
    Pickens SC
    Dont you guys have trouble with night predators such as possums, coons getting into that plastic netting ?

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