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Put A Top On It?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by HalpMeh, Mar 25, 2017.

  1. HalpMeh

    HalpMeh Just Hatched

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    I am in the process of getting chickens, and I have a quick question. I have an old dog pen that already has strong fencing around it, but I am going to reinforce it so it would be tougher for snakes and other animals to get it. The pen stands to be 7-8ishFT high and it is under a tree. (The tree is in the middle of pen and sticks out.) I know this offers shade.

    My question- Should I still worry about hawks, and should I put a top to the pen?
    (There will still be a coop.)
     
  2. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes put a top on it! I just read a bunch of hawk attack stories this morning. What I have on mine is an inexpensive mesh fabric deer netting. It's very simple to stretch over and fasten and has 1" squares. There is something similar with smaller mesh called bird netting. Of course you could use more secure fencing as well. Good luck!
     
  3. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Overrun With Chickens

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    I would put a lid on it for sure. In the middle of a suburb hawks visit my yard often. It freaks the hens out but with a lid they are not dinner.
     
  4. HalpMeh

    HalpMeh Just Hatched

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    Thank You so much for the info!
     
  5. HalpMeh

    HalpMeh Just Hatched

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    Okay thank you for the info!! :D
     

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