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String over run?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Dobsranch, Jan 18, 2013.

  1. Dobsranch

    Dobsranch New Egg

    Jan 18, 2013
    Has anyone had any success just running string over there run to keep out hawks? i have a large run and the cost to cover it with wire or fence is more than i can afford at this time. i am thinking of running and crossing string over the 100'x70' run?
  2. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You can try it- I did but took it down because it got saggy.

    I have a run that is about half the size of yours. Here is what I do to make my hawk shelters:

    First hawk shelter: Take a sheet of plywood and cut it in half lengthwise. Put some metal roofing on them to make an A-frame shelter (long) with a metal ridge on top to keep the rain off the seam. This makes a nice shelter that they can walk down the length of to get out of the rain, too.

    Second hawk shelter: Free pallets elevated on concrete blocks (with the concrete blocks turned so that the shelter is tall underneath). I also have some that I leave the concrete blocks turned so the chickens have to duck under for extra protection.

    These are very effective for me. I have never lost a chicken to a hawk except at that vulnerable age when they are about 6 weeks old and not good at running under the shelters.

    I make sure there is a hawk shelter every 20 feet or so, so a chicken doesn't have to run very far.

    Also a grapevine in the run is their summer hangout.
  3. Dobsranch

    Dobsranch New Egg

    Jan 18, 2013
    the pallets are a great idea!! i have unlimited supply of them here at work! great idea! if possible can you take a few pics of your run and set up? i do have a big oak tree that has branches that extend over the run that also provide shelter but they only cover the end part.
  4. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

    Dec 25, 2012
    I am uncertain about doing this. The reason is because tangles and nooses of mono-filament fishing line are sometimes used on top of pens or cages to trap by entanglement birds of prey for either scientific study or for use in falconry.

    If you entangle a raptor without a valid license, even while protecting your fowl, I would not (I think) want to call a raptor rescue agency to take the bird of prey off my hands. If you did some Barney Fife type may put the bullet in his gun and arrest you for violating the Endangered Species Act. Remember, even though say Coopers hawks are not a federal endangered species, in the state of Connecticut they are endangered. All hawks and any owl has 10X more rights than you and your chickens combined.
  5. chfite

    chfite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 7, 2011
    Taylors, SC
    I use visible cord to string over my run, not nearly invisible nylon monofilament. There are no tangles or snares, just a barrier to prevent flying in. I am counting on the raptor seeing the strings and deciding to go elsewhere. This is the same as using fencing without the mesh.

  6. Dobsranch

    Dobsranch New Egg

    Jan 18, 2013
    I was not planing on using clear fishing line either. I was thinking of using either marine grade line or the yellow construction line from home depot. was just wondering how well it held up over time and if it even stops raptors from entering.?
  7. Kimmi500

    Kimmi500 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 3, 2012
    Fredericksburg, VA
    I was losing juvenile birds almost once a week for a while. So, I strung 20lb fishing line over my Bantam Cochin pen and my juvenile pen. I ran the line in a 12x12 in. square grid pattern. Since doing so, I have lost no Bantams or chicks. The hawk still flies over to see if anyone is outside their pen, but she has no luck :)

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