plastic poultry wire....anyone ever used this?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by mudpaw, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. mudpaw

    mudpaw Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I came across an interesting product at Home Depot that I thought I'd ask about before I bought any... It's a plastic chicken wire: http://www.homedepot.com/Outdoors-Fencing-Wire/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xipZbb00/R-100384028/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

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    was originally planning on buying the vinyl coated chicken wire for my coop, but this to be an interesting option as well. Now, I do have cats and dogs that will be around this coop from time to time, my main concern is would it withstand a determined wandering tom cat or some random city critters (we've had a couple opossums but my dogs killed them) ? Oh, and this coop is within a 6' wood privacy fenced yard. So, has anyone used this or something like it?
     
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  2. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2009
    Church Hill, TN
    I've used it to separate breeding pens only. We thought it was great when we found it and we like it alot better than the metal stuff.

    Laurie
     
  3. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I use it to line my inner pens off from each other so the roos can't stick their heads thru. I wouldn't trust it to stop any predators.
     
  4. wombat

    wombat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 23, 2009
    I've gotten some to keep the chickens out of the gardens. It's lightweight and easy to put up only when they're going to be in that area.

    I would expect it to work for predator protection, unless all you need is a run roof that keeps hawks out.

    There are electric plastic poultry fences, though. One of my friends uses these for daytime ranging of his small flock. He moves the electric plastic fencing to different areas, and leave the birds out in those areas with a small open chicken hut for shelter while he's at work.
     
  5. Chickenmaven

    Chickenmaven Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 6, 2009
    Michigan
    Quote:DITTO. I just love it. No puncture wounds to the hands. [​IMG]
     
  6. Doormantnt

    Doormantnt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just picked up a couple rolls to divide out "scratching" areas....all within a fenced yard....I WILL NOT trust it for any type of protection at all.....just like chicken wire it will keep chickens in, but not predators out.

    Works great for me though....I string a low line (picture clothsline), and hang it off with shower curtian loops....VERY lightweight, and VERY portable.
     
  7. WestKnollAmy

    WestKnollAmy The Crazy Chicken Lady Premium Member

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    My birds went over it and through it. I must have monster chickens.
    It did well with bantam Cochins up to a point but it did not keep my chickens out of my garden even when I put it higher and a few rabbits enjoyed chewing holes in it.
    I have used it to cover the top of a few small pens and liked it for that.
     
  8. yellowchickensmomma

    yellowchickensmomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use it for the roof cover on the run and on the two top barn doors so my chickens don't fly out. I don't think it will keep out any dogs or cats.
     
  9. Tecalli

    Tecalli Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used it to cover the top of my run as hawk protection.
     
  10. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    I used a stronger version.....basically a plastic mesh hardware cloth (from tractor supply) on a temporary tractor, and one of my dogs ripped through it in about 3 seconds [​IMG]

    I ended up repairing it, as I mostly used it just to separate a new chicken from the rest of the flock and then one day came home to a missing chicken.......one whole side had been ripped or cut open. Not sure if it was leftover from the dog attack or was another animal.

    I did zip tie it back together and still keep young chicks out there so they can get some fresh air. I don't think it would keep a determined tomcat out.....all they have to do is bite, chew and pull a few minutes and they should be able to bust in. Raccoons should break in almost as fast as a dog. Mine is truly temporary and is within a fenced yard (my regular flock is loose around this pen daily).

    Still, it works well for dividing baby pens, temporary tractors within a securely fenced yard, lining heavy duty wire fencing that maybe just has larger spacing, hawk protection, etc etc.
     

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