What to use for a chicken run COVER?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by blondebarnbabe, Nov 8, 2011.

  1. blondebarnbabe

    blondebarnbabe Out Of The Brooder

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    My Ameracauna rooster Steve loves to fly up over my six foot high pen in order to terrorize Bob, the handsome new SL Wyandotte cockerel (little does Steve know that Bob will soon outweigh him in the extreme). What do you all use specifically to cover your runs and prevent flying predators, hawklike and otherwise? Is there a mesh-like screen that you suggest? I'd like not to have to someday dub my Wyandotte guy "One-eyed Bob" due to Steve's jealousy.
     
  2. georgiagail

    georgiagail Chillin' With My Peeps

    What we've done...

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    Gail
     
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  3. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Overrun With Chickens

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    We first put welded wire as the roof, but I wanted the chickens to use the run all year round, so we put up corrugated steel roof. Hubby covered the sides with plastic, so the snow doesn't blow in.

    Here's a photo

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  4. NGT ANGL

    NGT ANGL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use an opaque plastic roofing material called Tuftex and it has worked very well for the three years I have had it on the run.
     
  5. fireguy56

    fireguy56 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here is what I did.
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    [​IMG] Chain link fencing supported by 2" x 4" framework.
     
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  6. kingdr85

    kingdr85 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can use deer netting...it is almost see through from just few feet away but does the trick (fairly cheap too).
     
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  7. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 10x10 chainlink dog kennels. Over both of them is heavy-duty woven (not welded, which is less strong) 2x2 fencing, which is wired on securely.

    You can see the overlapping wire here.

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    Over that, on one of the runs, is a pitched roof made of tarp (sold for 10x10 kennels).

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  8. pawsplus

    pawsplus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Does the trick for hawks perhaps--but not for any other predators!
     
  9. SteveBaz

    SteveBaz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chain link runs are the way to go for max protection!! You guys [​IMG] of the chain link runs
     
  10. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

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    You can use just about anything if you only want it as a barrier for birds. Since you live in heavy snow country, you've got two choices in style. You have to use something with really large holes that won't collect snow or you have to build a support structure that will hold up to the snow load.
     

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