Wire spacing for top of run

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kmcdonou, May 23, 2010.

  1. kmcdonou

    kmcdonou Hatching

    Mar 2, 2010
    I was planning to run some wire across the top of my run to prevent hawks and owls from flying in to grab a chicken. How far would you space the wires? Is 2' too far apart?

    I don't want to use poultry wire for the top as the pen is 20' wide. I would need support posts, and also think snow load will be problematic.
    Last edited: May 23, 2010

  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Is 2' too far apart?

    It's really hard to say. Only the hawk can make that decision

    I watched a hawk try to fly through half inch hardware cloth to get to my pigeons.
    He was quite surprised.​
    Last edited: May 23, 2010
  3. Dorte

    Dorte Songster

    Apr 27, 2010
    Not sure the hawks can actually see the netting (doesn't sound like it from the post above). I remember reading somewhere to cover paper plates with aluminum foil and put that on the top of the netting. The reflections scare the birds away. Think it was on the farmtek website, but I am not sure.
  4. DaKid

    DaKid Songster

    Aug 31, 2008
    Berkley , Ma.
    I been using deer netting on the chicken runs and I have a family of 6 hawks liking on my back porperty in a big oak tree, I see the always sitting up in the trees but my turkeys let me know when there around , so far after 4 yrs the netting as work ...........

    I to was reading that old CD's hanging from the tree limbs work good to

    Good luck

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