Poultry netting or welded wire

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  1. cdonze43

    cdonze43 Out Of The Brooder

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    Making an enclosed chicken run to attach to my tractor coop. It's gonna be about 70-80 sq ft. I have hawks, owls, neighborhood dogs, and have seen coyotes and a fox in the area. I am in the country so snakes, possum, and raccoon are also around. Should I use welded wire or poultry netting? If welded wire, should it be smaller than 2x4 hole? I'm looking for suggestions and ideas
     
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Yes, go with welded wire - it's pricey but safe. And yes, go with the small mesh - like 1/2" - that way critters can't get their greedy little paws into the holes and snatch a bird. Best wishes!
     
  3. tekwyatt

    tekwyatt New Egg

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    My run is 6' x 12' and is completely covered in welded 1\2" wire. It is not a tractor type so I did not have to worry about mobility. The welded wire around us is only 3' wide so it would take more support. We have all the critters you are talking about and heard that the chicken wire is easily tore into and the 2" x 4" will allow long arms to reach in and snag a leg or head and try and drag through the fence.
    Look around the forums and see what others have done. Good Luck
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    [​IMG] The name chicken wire is deceiving - people believe that is what should be used for chickens. It is a very soft, yielding wire that can keep chickens in but, can't keep predators out., they can tear through it like a hot knife thru butter.
     
  5. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined!
     
  6. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    I use heavy-duty Poultry Netting over the top of my large run, you can find sections on Ebay for not that much.
     
  7. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Hardware cloth is the way to go, good luck to you.
     
  8. Mr MKK FARMS

    Mr MKK FARMS Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
     
  9. gvh221

    gvh221 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome to BYC!! Glad you joined! Lizz9910 x 2....I also use hardware cloth, and it seems to be very good at keeping predators out.
     
  10. OldGuy43

    OldGuy43 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I tried plastic poultry netting early on, and discovered that our hens would just peck their way thru it.
     

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