Run cover?

heybarb

Songster
7 Years
Mar 9, 2012
425
24
111
North Carolina
What have you covered your runs with? aviary netting? hardware cloth? a tarp? fishing line zig-zagging back and forth? We finished our run yesterday and are hoping to cover it to keep the girls in and to keep the hawks out...suggestions?
 

chfite

Songster
10 Years
Jun 7, 2011
2,171
123
236
Taylors, SC
My chickens stay in because they are probably too heavy and unmotivated to fly out over the 6 foot fence.

I put some crisscross strings to foil any raptors that might fancy a visit to the run. The tomato plants grew all over them, but I guess the effect is the same.

We have some large trees that probably hamper a clean run into the coop area by any flying predators, but I felt better with the strings there.

Chris
 

jtbrown

Songster
8 Years
Mar 30, 2011
1,795
25
179
Southeastern Ohio
We put hardware cloth over it, rather an expensive, but hoping pretty permanent solution. That run is where the ducks and guineas are over night, they have shelter, but prefer to sleep out and about inside the enclosed run. We like it so much we want to cover our other run too!

Good luck.
 

kimchick621

Chirping
7 Years
Oct 23, 2012
120
1
81
Mine is covered with bird netting, although I'm considering having a tarp on one side to help keep food dry in the snow/rain.
 

Rock Home Isle

Songster
7 Years
Apr 25, 2012
2,146
229
188
Northern Frontrange of Colorado
What have you covered your runs with? aviary netting? hardware cloth? a tarp? fishing line zig-zagging back and forth? We finished our run yesterday and are hoping to cover it to keep the girls in and to keep the hawks out...suggestions?

I put my run under the deck in the backyard...it utilizes space efficiently and it has done a great job of protecting the run and the birds from the weather.



 
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CoopDeViIIe

Chirping
7 Years
Aug 9, 2012
126
10
81
I made removable panels made out of 2x4s and corrugated steel sheets to cover mine. I wanted to keep the rain from making the run a mushy mess.
 

20736

Songster
7 Years
Jun 6, 2012
493
58
156
I like keeping the run dry.
We have a tarp on top of chain link.
Water and varmit proof.

 

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