What do you use for the top of your run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by 16 paws, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. Hi there,
    Sad day, one of my polish flew over the fenced in run and got taken by something.[​IMG] I want to cover the top of my run so they cant fly over. I was looking for different ideas on what to get for the top. The area is not square and runs kind of irregular and is also on a slope. So that means one side is higher than the other.We did chicken wire on the top of the other run for the LF but that was really hard to work with I thought. Has anyone used aviary net and did you like it? Thanks for any help here.....
  2. thomasboyle

    thomasboyle Songster

    Feb 28, 2013
    Northwest Hills of CT
    I initially used chicken wire for my roof, supported by a PVC pipe frame. But here in CT, the snow would accumulate on the chicken wire and collapse the frame. But in southern CA, you should not have that problem! I used 1" PVC, but found it was a little too flexible for the 7' spans I had on the 15x15 run. So I would go with 1 1/2" or 2" PVC. You can zip tie the chicken wire to the PVC. Please note chicken wire will not keep out many predators. Dogs, fox, raccoons etc can rip through it, so 1/2" hardware wire is a better choice if you are in an area with predators. I have since re-build the run using lumber and aluminum roofing so it will survive our winters.
  3. jetdog

    jetdog Songster

    Jun 18, 2013
    Bird or deer netting will keep the birds in and hawks/owls out but thats about it.
  4. Thanks for the advice Thomasboyle. That is a beautiful job!
    Last edited: Sep 3, 2013

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