Plastic Mesh

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nakactress, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. nakactress

    nakactress Out Of The Brooder

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  2. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

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    If you are absolutely 100% positive that you will never have a predator (like dogs, raccoons, coyotes) then yes, it would work. Since those predators can be anywhere (even downtown in a major city) then I, personally, wouldn't risk my flock. You will have to make the decision if you feel its safe where you live.
     
  3. chickiebaby

    chickiebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely not predator proof at all, but keeps the chooks in and it is super easy to work with, unlike the evil metal variants. I have good friends who have been keeping chickens for literally decades who switched over to this last year, and have had not one problem.

    I haven't personally had the nerve. I have lots of small town predators: coons, weasels, the occasional fisher cat (!) or bear and, nastiest of all, skunks.

    Others on this board will doubtless kill me, but I don't see why you shouldnt try it. (Okay, now lets you and me just wait and see what they al say . . .)

    (edited like every other post I've made today, for spastic typing)
     
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  4. nakactress

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    I'm in a really safe area of town. My makeshift coop is FAR FAR from predator safe. The fencing is much more safe then our current coop. We are in the process of building a better coop and came across this for the chicken run. I think I will give it a try!! I'm excited to the savings.

    ETA, we've had our chickens for over a year now in the makeshift coop. We have a fenced backyard and no wild predators. No coons, no coyotes, nothing I've ever seen to potentially harm my chickens.
     
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    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. nakactress

    nakactress Out Of The Brooder

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    Awesome!! Thanks for the link
     
  7. Oblio13

    Oblio13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used it on my first coop. Very easy to work with and it looked nice.

    Squirrels chewed holes through it the first day.
     
  8. nakactress

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    We don't even have squirrels. Good to know in case we move.
     
  9. pdpatch

    pdpatch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We used something simular for one one of our mobile runs just to keep the turkeys from wonder off. It would not keep any prediters out, and we have a lot of preditors here. Mostly it acts as a visual barrier to keep birds from going in and out. What we used is a wider mesh but made of the same material.

    I used a utility knife to cut it and metal strips of the top of it to attache it, in some places I used zip ties to hold in it place.

    Most of the larger chain type home improvment store carry it, along with lumber, hardware, and farm stores. Usually come in orange or green and also labeled as snow fence or safety barrier.

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