Netting question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Chickfever, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. Chickfever

    Chickfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm going to put up a temporary run for my chickens next week. I don't have any netting to put over top. I was wondering if anyone had tried using string.....maybe kite string or something thicker to weave a net? The run will only be about 3 or 4' x 8'. I usually let mine free range but there were some mighty fat hawks around here last year around the time I lost over 1/2 of my flock.

    For those who bought netting for the top, how much did it cost and where did you buy it from?
     
  2. Blue_Myst

    Blue_Myst Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    The string might work, if you're just trying to keep out large predatory birds, but you'd have to use quite a lot of it. If I remember right, a big roll of deer netting costs under $20 and is very easy to install, and may contain enough netting for replacement if need be, so I'd think just buying the deer netting would be better than going through a lot of trouble to put up a network of strings, but that's just my opinion.
     
  3. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    I got my netting a menards for 14.97 for 7ft x 100 ft have had no problems with it girls see it and dont try to fly out and nothing has gotten into it(Yet) [​IMG]
     
  4. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    Where do you get it? Lowes? Home Depot? Tractor Supply? I really need some of this!
     
  5. Chickfever

    Chickfever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in VA so the closest Menards is probably 6-8 hrs from me [​IMG].

    I've been looking for deer netting but haven't found any around here yet. What store did you get your's from? That would be better for me, just couldn't find it [​IMG].

    Thanks!
     
  6. jlbpooh

    jlbpooh Out Of The Brooder

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    I have over 1300 square feet of pen, and I use the deer netting also. Attached to the chainlink with cable ties, it has stood up to several ice storms. The chainlink starting collapsing inwards and the netting didn't break. I got mine from Lowes. A 7'x100' roll was only $7.99.
     
  7. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    I'll have to ask an employee where it is. We don't have a Menards, I've never heard of it. I bought plastic poultry netting at Lowes and it ripped under wet leaves. It was $13 for a 4'x50' roll, so I'd much rather buy some deer netting.

    Incidentally, does deer netting work to keep deer out of gardens? Seeing how it's deer netting and all... I was going to just plant the corn and hope we got some, but DH wants to put up a fence (which he won't really do, it's a stall tactic to procrastinate on tilling that patch of dirt for me) so maybe deer netting might work? Hmmmmmm
     
  8. TeaLady

    TeaLady Out Of The Brooder

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    My neighbor uses deer netting around his grapes. Seems to keep the deer out fine.
     

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