Using fishing line over the top

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by SewingMom, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. SewingMom

    SewingMom Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 26, 2010
    After trying several other things, I'm going to just cover my entire chicken run with fishing line to help prevent hawk attacks. My fencing is 7 feet tall so the line won't interfere with a person walking around inside the run and if the goats do happen to jump that high (doubtful but possible I suppose) they will just snap the line instead of strangling in it.

    How far apart do you think I need to string the line? I'm thinking 18" or 24" apart would be fine since a hawk's wingspan is quite a bit wider than that. I have a pretty large area I'm going to be covering with the fishing line so I don't want to go any closer than I really need to.

  2. Dar

    Dar Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 31, 2008
    please be careful... we did this with our run and as the sun breaks down the line.. stuff landed on it (pine cones leaves nothing big) the line gave way and broke after about 3 months and then we had the problem of chickens getting it caught and wrapped around their legs... we have some feather legged breeds so that was fun to untangle...

    i would try ebay or cutlers and see if you can get the netting for the top.. thats what we did in the long run.

    good luck
  3. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    If your plan it to create a net, I would go as close as 12" and use a colored line so the birds have a chance to see it or tie some engineer tape to it in various places to keep them from crashing into it. If you are only running it one direction, then your width should be fine but definatly flag it to avoid injuring birds unnecessarily. Assuming you just want them to leave you alone, not kill them.

    Interesting idea, please let us know how it works.
  4. romadfox

    romadfox Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 25, 2011
    Ridgeway, SC
    My run is about 6 feet high and I am using logs from the property as building material. Have you considered getting some sappling size poles and then covering the top with poultry net? That's what I did. No hawk will get in nor will a racoon, possom, etc. I just coverd the run that way. You can see example on my BYC page. Good luck!
  5. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    we use anti bird netting over our runs. it is 1/2 inch squares. a 15' x 45' roll at home depot is $19.00 it is in the garden department. I attach it to the fence with cable ties. I hang old cds and other shinny fluttery things on the underside so the hawks can see the netting. it has worked rally well for us.
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Quote:Except for the ones that rip or bite thru the poultry net and get in that way. (assuming by 'poultry net' you mean either aviary netting or chickenwire)

    Just sayin',

    Good luck, have fun,


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