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Plastic poultry fence????

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by evhammond1200, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. evhammond1200

    evhammond1200 Out Of The Brooder

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    Does any one have plastic fencing how does it hold up and how well does it keep predators out??? I live in NH and our area most common preators would be fox, weasels, and fishercats how well do you think it would hold up???? Thank you for any insight
     
  2. MomtoSyd&Emma

    MomtoSyd&Emma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    we dont have predator trouble here, but we have used the plastic poultry fencing for over a year now and its holding up well still. I like it because its VERY light weight and wonderful to use on tractors! I have it on the top of one of my runs and it done GREAT even with a TON of snow on it this past winter!
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    It won't keep those predators out if they want to get in. So you'd have to decide whether you're ok with that risk.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    MomtoSyd&Emma :

    we dont have predator trouble here, but we have used the plastic poultry fencing for over a year now and its holding up well still. I like it because its VERY light weight and wonderful to use on tractors! I have it on the top of one of my runs and it done GREAT even with a TON of snow on it this past winter!

    Perhaps the reason the plastic fencing has done "great" is only that you've been lucky and it hasn't been tested by predators. I think even I could chew through that stuff...
    You only need to read posts in the Predators and Pests section here to come across sad stories of people who have used it and haven't been so lucky. It's your choice, though, if you want to to take the risk. I hope your luck holds out!​
     
  5. Shannon's Chix

    Shannon's Chix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:With those kinds of predators around, I would definitely go with welded wire or something. Spend a bit more now or lose your flock most likely.[​IMG]
     
  6. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    I've used it and my dogs can rip through it in approximately 5 seconds flat. I now use it only on top of larger holed welded wire, just to keep baby chicks in. Works well for that [​IMG] With weasels and fisher cats, I think you need welded wire hardware cloth only.
     
  7. evhammond1200

    evhammond1200 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the responses I thought the plastic didnt seem like it would stand up to an intruder! But I thought I would ask anyways.
     
  8. pnyjmper89

    pnyjmper89 Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm planning on using it on the inside, behind the 2"x3" welded wire, just to keep the curious fowl from poking their head to close to a grabby little coon hand [​IMG]
     
  9. myfester

    myfester Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use the plastic chicken fence just around my garden. The good...inexpensive and flexible...good for temporary fencing. The bad...rodents, anything with sharp teeth chew thru it...the chickens can jump over it (if they don't clear it and the fence folds a little, they perch on it, then go the rest of the way over).
    If using it in addition to wire fence just to make the the squares small, so little paws can't reach in, it would would just fine.
     
  10. bturbo87

    bturbo87 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    as a main enclosure it will definately not keep those predators out, i put it inside my 2x4 welded wire pen to keep my littlest ones inside, since we put them out rather early(4 weeks). i find that it holds up pretty well loose, but if its pulled very tight, it can "snap" rather easy
     

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