What size netting for a top?

Discussion in 'Pheasants and Partridge (Chukar)' started by dainironfoot, Feb 19, 2013.

  1. dainironfoot

    dainironfoot Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2010
    woodburn, Oregon
    OK, so after a few pheasants injuries on the wire top of my pen I have decided to replace it with netting. My question is is the 2" stuff too large for Amhersts and Goldens? It seems a little cheaper than the 1". Also, how is the 2" against predators? Thanx a bunch guys!
  2. destinduck

    destinduck obsessed with "ducks"

    Mar 20, 2008
    I have always used the 2in size with no problems. Although I cant speak for your areas predators.
  3. Lophura

    Lophura Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 23, 2008
    Holden, Missouri
    I prefer the 1" over the 2" to keep starlings & sparrows out. It also depends on your snow-load as well. With lots of snow, 2" might be your best bet. The 1" has more surface area and can gather lots of snow or ice, sag and and break. There are few ways around it - stagger your posts or make the posts movable. When it was in the forecast, I would remove the posts holding up the net and the just fall to the ground. The sides of the aviary were at least 6 to 7', so the birds still had areas that they get around in and usually it was only for a few hours.

    Another concern with 2", if you let the parents rear their own, the young birds can fly at a few days old and can squeeze through. I've also seen birds fly up and go right through it (seems the mesh was thinner).

    When it comes to predators, it really doesn't matter the size - some are going to go right through it!!

  4. Talihofarms

    Talihofarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 4, 2010
    We have used 2x2 nettling in our pheasant runs with no Aerial predators getting through.
    We use 1x1 on our Quail runs.
    I prefer the 2x2 over all, as we get heavy snow loads here.
    The snow falls through easily, so the top does not sag.
    The 1x1 has a tendency to collect snow and ice causing quite a bit of weight to accumulate.

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