Plastic Poultry Netting

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by chairboy, Apr 28, 2011.

  1. chairboy

    chairboy Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 31, 2010
    North central PA
    I read on a different post from about a year back that while plastic poultry netting may not be effective in keep predators out it will at least keep the chickens in. I bought rolls of plastic poultry netting from Lowes last week and finished installing it 3 days ago, creating a 100 ft. run. Yesterday I watched as 2 of my 7 birds chewed on and created a hole in the netting. I tried scooting them away but when I came back a short time later the hole was larger. I thought I was watching a scene from "The Great Escape." So now, I am going to have to purchase some wire material. What I probably will do is purchase a 1-2 ft. width and just use it at the bottom to reinforce the netting. Mainly I wanted all to know that yes, these crazy birds will chew through plastic netting.
  2. AlienChick

    AlienChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2010
    Glasgow, KY
    Wow, I'm so sorry your birds are chewing through the netting.

    What's on the other side of the netting??? A beautiful veggie garden?

    I let my chickens free range over a very large acreage, so I am using deer netting and I have not had a problem with them chewing it.

    The deer netting is about 7ft tall, so I cut it in half and got twice the footage.

    It's not predator proof, but I just want to keep the birds from wandering too far.

  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you only buy 1' high wire, the chickens will break thru your netting above it.

    If you buy 2' high wire, the chickens may not go thru it but it is utterly not predatorproof in any way whatsoever (not even if that 2' high wire is hardwarecloth).

    There would be a lot to be said for getting full-height reasonably-predatorproof wire (not chickenwire) even if it is 2x4" holes, then you can use your plastic netting to keep chickens from sticking their heads out so much and it will be at least reasonably predatorproof too.

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2009
    Oklahoma County, OK

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