Plastic fencing?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by galanie, Nov 18, 2010.

  1. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Does anyone have any experience with the plastic UV rated fencing such as the plastic Poultry netting and hardware cloth that Tenex makes? Here is a link to the 1x2 netting: Home Depot fencing

    It seems to be more secure than regular chicken wire, though I'm sure not as much as welded wire, depending on how it was applied. Seems to me as though it could be almost as secure as hardware cloth if it is attached securely.
     
  2. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My experience with this exact fencing . . . .

    Four years ago I fenced off part of my yard to keep my dogs out of an area in which I was re-growing grass. The first evening I had the fence up, I opened the back door, my Border Collie charged across the patio. . . and ran full bore right THROUGH the fence. Didn't even slow her down. Forty pounds of dog tore through that stuff like it was cobwebs. Of course, Border Collies are not like other dogs. . . [​IMG]

    My own preference is 1/2" hardware cloth. My lady still has not found a way through that. Yet.
     
  3. Mervin

    Mervin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I actually have used it to fence part of my run. I can definitely say that it is not nearly a strong as 1/2" hardware cloth. I use welded wire down low where a dog is likely to run through. I use the green plastic stuff up high merely to keep the chickens in. That is really all that it is good for, keeping chickens in. I use an electric fence and hardware cloth on coop openings to keep the nasties out.
     
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  4. galanie

    galanie Treat Dispenser No More

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    Jenski, exactly this same fencing? I can stand on this stuff suspended and it doesn't even stretch much! Haha but border collies are not like other dogs, like you said [​IMG]

    Thanks for your input [​IMG] I have a great "hurricane" fence to keep dogs out and don't own any dogs. Really I only need to keep the chickens in and the hawks out for what I'm about to do (daytime only tractor, and I'm home all day and can see it). But I hate getting all scratched up by chicken wire and hardware cloth is out of my budget.

    Just curious if it was any better than that. So I see that it's not, but still good enough for what I am planning to use it for, I think.
     
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  5. Doormantnt

    Doormantnt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have this same stuff. I built PVC frames, basicly 4 foot by 10 foot walls that I can move around the yard. It works great to keep chickens in, but will not keep anything out....really nothing....the rabbits ate thru. It is only plastic. It's not coated wire.

    It works for me as a moveable fence, but I would have no faith in it for any type of security.
     
  6. galanie

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    Quote:That is exactly what I did at first, but I used chicken wire on the frames. But now I'm tired of dragging the walls around and want to make something with a couple wheels on it.
     
  7. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I use that stuff for two purposes: 1) as a temporary fence INSIDE THE RUN when I put out 8 week old chicks into their integration/segregation coops, and 2) as ONE layer of 3 .. ummmm... "rural" chicken run fencing when I expanded the run and couldn't afford to use hardware cloth for the expansion.

    Explanation of #2 - Chickenwire fence, first layer, six feet tall. Over that I put the plastic (green or black, have both) "poultry fencing" which tends to obscure the view from the outside of the run, up four feet. Over that, I put another layer of chickenwire, up 3 feet. So there's only one layer of chickenwire for the top section of the fence, but three layers of "stuff" for 3 feet, 2 layers for four feet up.

    Chickenwire by itself is useless for anything but keeping adult chickens IN, poultry fencing is useless for anything but keeping adult chickens and CHICKS in, so three layers is marginally better at keeping critters out.
     
  8. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Yah, that's the stuff. *sigh* I am just remembering the looks on our faces when that darn dog ran through the fence. She has freakish BC super strength, though, and the same level of pain-killing endorphins you'd find in a crazed crackhead, so who knows how the fencing would keep a normal animal out.


    Please let us know how your project works out. Post pics!
     
  9. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chewing through plastic is going to be much easier than chewing through wire (even chicken wire). I think even I could chew threw that Tenax fencing! It should work fine as long as nothing with teeth tries to get after your chickens....
     
  10. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    I used the same fencing on my run. For us it's worked fine. The girls are locked up in coop at night safe from the real predators as we are along a river bank and the hawks circle during day then move on down the river. Neighbor's dogs get loose and stop and bark, non has been determined enough to break into it yet. I'm sure they easily could. My hopeful thinking is in a senerio like that the hens would get into the coop before panicing (runing in circles screaming "the sky is falling!"). Coop opening is 12X12.
     

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