Putting the netting up over my run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by rhino1, Dec 10, 2016.

  1. rhino1

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    A few weeks ago I am pretty sure a hawk got one of my hens. I bought some poultry netting and figured I would cover the run. I've most of it covered. Now I'm just hoping I don't find an owl or anything tangled up in it.
     
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  3. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If it is very light(flimsy) netting preds may hit it hard enough to break through.
     
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    It seems fairly tough. The ground is pretty rough and I was pulling on it when it was snagging on things. No tears. Who knows. I don't have any huge hawks. But I'm hoping this will deter them. We will see.
     
  5. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    Looks good. I would make a "cross" instead of letting the net sit on the cross. It spreads the weight out and if an Owl hits it it does not give so much.

    Before I did that I would find a headless bird now and then with feathers in the netting..

    I thought I had a picture but cannot find it.

    What I do is take a 2x4 and push it up the pole as far as I can spreading the weight out over a larger area.

    I will try to get a picture tomorrow.
     
  6. rhino1

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    Ok, I am going to get in there and put some 2x4s on the tops of the trees I cut down. I'm thinking about putting their coops in here.
     
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    Well, back to the drawing board. Something did the same thing, under the netting.
     
  9. duluthralphie

    duluthralphie Chicken Wrangler Premium Member

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    Was the body there? what it look like? Where was the injury?


    I see you have 2x3 square welded wire fence a lot of nasty critters can get through that. The war continues for you. Good luck on whatever you do.

    I have the bottom of my fence covered with 1/2 inch hardware cloth. I still need to trap, shoot and use voodoo dolls to try and keep stuff out. A sad fact of life is every nasty critter in the world likes chicken.
     
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  10. rhino1

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    It's just like the last time. Most of the body was still there. A lot of the feathers pulled out. The head was gone. And something came back the next day and got into it again. The first time I put a trail camera out and 2 hawks landed the next day and fed off it firat, then a buzzard, then a opossum that night. We don't have weasels or anything that should be able to get thru the wire. Out main predators will be raccoons, hawks, opossum, bobcats, and maybe a fox. But ivthinkvits happening during the day
     

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