What do you use for the top of your run?

16 paws

9 Years
Aug 14, 2012
North San Diego County, Vista, Ca.
Hi there,
Sad day, one of my polish flew over the fenced in run and got taken by something.
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.....



7 Years
Feb 28, 2013
NW 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.


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