Chicken Netting, a Necessary Resource for Poultry Owners

Learn how important it is to pick a good quality mesh for our coops

Chicken netting, also known as chicken wire, tends to be an essential resource on farms where poultry are bred. It is also used on farms where other poultry byproducts are obtained, for example, farms where broilers are raised and farms where layers are raised. When we use good quality chicken mesh, we reduce common poultry farm problems  that could hurt our birds in the breeding process. For example, external birds might bring diseases that could cause overwhelming losses in our corrals since these birds raise health and safety concerns like flu and salmonella among others. In addition to carrying a wide range of diseases, outside birds come into corrals and coops and consume the feed that is meant to transform into pounds of meat apt for sale. This can affect the cost effectiveness of the poultry or pork farm by causing losses in the long term.

Chicken netting, CHICKENMALLA is ideal for use in corrals as protection for your birds 

What is chicken netting and how is it different from other meshes? 

Some people ask what chicken netting is, even though its name gives us a big clue about its function. To answer this question, it is a fence that is erected around chicken coops and runs in the area where the chicks will be raised. They are kept there until they are mature enough to slaughter or to be transferred to a larger area as necessary.

When we decide to begin production and consumption of poultry, whether it is small or large scale, one of the necessary materials and resources is chicken netting. Of course, less experienced poultry owners will wonder how important the type, model, brand, and material of the chicken netting really are.

Chicken netting, although necessary, is not the object of much thought among poultry owners since in many cases they use what come to hand in the moment: wooden boards, wire fencing, large sized sheet metal and other types of fencing not necessarily designed for chicken coops. This allows them to spend less on their farms, but at the same time it can be risky for their animals. One risk is injuries that could become infected, causing birds to be ill or even die.

If we consider the previously mentioned situations, it isn’t strange that first time poultry farms estimate that they lose between twenty and thirty per cent while their chicks are growing. Of course, even though this can sound contradictory, the lack of chicken netting isn’t synonymous with failure, but using it does minimize the risk. Generally , if we don’t use chicken netting, and in its place we use wire fencing or other materials that are not meant for this purpose, we can see that the poultry can easily pass through the spaces in the fencing. The same goes for wooden boards and sheet metal. The final result is negative in the long run. 

Using materials that could rust or rot with humidity and that impede the circulation of air inside can generate problems for poultry in the long run. Although, I almost always recommend reusing materials for our projects, there are times when one shouldn’t penny pinch. There are unique materials made for a specific use, like chicken netting, whose shape and size where designed for raising poultry, pigs and pet birds.

Wire chicken netting can get dirty whereas CHICKENMALLA which is made from strong plastic, gives you more cleanliness. 

What is the best chicken netting in the market?

The number of types of chicken netting on the market can be overwhelming with the models, shapes and even the material from which they are made differing. When we let the salesman know that we want netting for raising chickens, he should offer us netting made from metal or plastic, sold by the meter and that generally has a standard width. The netting should have spaces which permit circulation of light and air, but that don’t allow the chickens to escape through them.

Chicken netting made from black polypropylene are very resistant to humidity and the pH of chicken droppings. 

Currently it is common to find green plastic netting with small square spaces. You can also find galvanized metal netting or covered in plastic with hexagonal spaces. This last option is the most traditional and cheapest. 

Even with so many options, the netting you pick shouldn’t be just any netting because the nesting boxes and coops should be disinfected with chemicals and steam cyclically. This can harm traditional chicken wire. You should also consider that chicken and bird droppings are highly acid and can corrode the metal wire in a few months of use. So one alternative has been to replace chicken wire every few months when it loses its strength. Another option, although more expensive, is to get plastic netting or wire covered with plastic. 

In other words, when we get started in the world of poultry farms, we should consider how much we are interested in spending. If our goal is to start in the most efficient way, the best thing to do is to get chicken netting made from black polypropylene.  This is highly resistant to humidity and to the pH of livestock manure. They are considered the best in the market and will last several years without needing to be replaced. Since they are made from plastic, setting them up is easier and they don’t harm animals or workers when they are being put in and maintained. When you are thinking about a resource as essential as chicken netting, you should pick one made from a long lasting material and so I recommend CHICKENMALLA.

Chicken netting or poultry netting provides you good protection for your birds when you are raising poultry, allowing them to grow and develop adequately.

Plastic Poultry Mesh and Caring for Your Poultry

Using polymers for raising poultry

A polymer is a chain of similar molecules linked together in a chemical process called polymerization. Using polymers has many advantages since they are just chains of the same component. It is easy to create almost any type of thing through this process since a polymer can have infinite shapes. Nowadays, the use of polymers, as can be expected, is found in every industry. Poultry farming is no exception and polymers are used principally as poultry netting.

A young turkey behind a plastic mesh.

Advantages to using polypropylene mesh:

Since metal chicken wire is used less and less frequently in raising birds, there is an opening for more efficient alternatives. These alternatives must require less effort to set up and a lower cost for building a corral. Plastic mesh has proven itself effective in raising poultry (chickens, pigeons, quails, ducks, etc.). Additionally, it is easy to create cages for pet birds like doves, love birds, and cockatiels.

This small corral is ideal to set up in spaces that are too small to house larger poultry. 

The advantages of using a more easily bendable material than metal are: 

  1. You prevent all of the health risks related to cuts and scratches caused by rusty wire.
  2. Even with irreparably damaged parts of the mesh, replacing plastic mesh is much simpler. You’ll be thankful for this if you are building the cage yourself.
  3. Additionally, smaller sized animals which are more likely to be injured will be safer.
  4. It is resistant to corrosion caused by poultry droppings.
  5. It is resistant to rust caused by water. 
  6. It is extremely light and easy to set up and won’t wound any poultry with loose wires.
  7. It prevents outside birds from getting into the coops
  8. Finally, it is more versatile and cheaper than metal mesh.

A bird pond beside plastic mesh inside a poultry enclosure. You can create a pond for keeping aquatic birds. 

Alternative uses for plastic mesh:

Polypropylene plastic mesh can be used not just to create cages for protecting and controlling poultry, but also to mark off large corrals, protect yards and gardens, create terrariums for reptiles that need ventilation like iguanas, separate fish tanks, make kennels for puppies, and fence in balconies for small breeds of dogs.

How to build a poultry corral with poultry mesh:

There are many options when we are thinking of creating an enclosure for our poultry depending on the size of our property. Here, we’ll show you a large corral.

A large corral made from black plastic chicken mesh. 

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Measure the area where you want the corral. You will need enough mesh to create a comfortable space for your poultry and yourself when you are inside.

A corral 2m high, 1.5m wide and 2.5m long is ideal to be able to keep a considerable number of birds, whether they are layers, broilers or pets.

Supplies:

  • Plastic chicken mesh.
  • Wooden posts: four 1.5 meters, and eight 2.5 meters
  • Hammer and nails (or screws and a drill)
  • Fencing staples
  • A door (with the size you like)

Raising poultry with polypropylene chicken mesh 

Hammer two of the 2.5 meter posts into the ground (until there is about half a meter below ground). Place them 1.5 meters apart to create a place to support the walls of the corral. They should be sharp on the end that will be driven into the ground. Later, drive in two more posts in just the same way, but 2.5 meters from the first two. They should all form a rectangle of 1.5 meters by 2.5 meters. Place some of the remaining posts across the tops of these to create the roof.

Place the mesh over the roof supports. Use fencing staples to fasten the mesh to the posts so that it goes all the way around the corral. Leave one side open for your door.

Staple the mesh on the outside of the posts to make the walls and do the same with the roof. Staple all the sides of the plastic mesh to the posts to make sure that it is adequately closed. Later put on the last boards horizontally with screws or nails so that they hold down the plastic mesh. Staple the mesh to them too.

Make a door where you can get in and out of the corral. Hang it on your enclosure with hinges and add a fastener.

Finally add some nesting boxes and feed dishes for your poultry.

More efficient alternatives for the easy and quick construction of corrals and cages for poultry. You can use plastic mesh as a substitute for metal chicken wire.

Aviary mesh: uses and advantages

Aviary mesh is a mesh made from plastic. It is ideal for many diverse uses, including fencing for small animals, for flower beds, or for vegetable gardening. It is commonly utilized as a permanent or temporary fencefor keeping poultry of all weights and sizes, for example chicks, hens, turkeys, etc. Aviary mesh can be employed to contain other small livestock, as well, for example goats or other farm animals such as pigs.

In the case that you need to cage birds that fly, aviary mesh can be employed to build cages by putting it in as walls, ceiling and floor. 

Use aviary mesh as a bird block. Outside birds don’t just steal food from livestock, but they also can carry diseases and create hygiene problems, like for example a virus, which farm animals could catch. Population could be seriously reduced and so too your farm’s financial performance.

It can also be used to keep poultry, chicks and even free pets in your yard or patio. Backyard or home garden chicken coops, especially in urban and suburban areas, are a relatively recent phenomenon and are growing in popularity.  

The use of aviary mesh protects animals from predators and injury. It also guarantees correct ventilation of a coop, which is fundamental.

Main uses of aviary mesh

  • Contain and control movement of chicks, ducks and other poultry. 
  • Prevent attacks by raccoons, coyotes, foxes, dogs and other predators like mice, rats, snakes and other pests.
  • Move the poultry to fresh pasture as a source of food and reduce the risks of diseases in chickens.
  • Maintain a small group of poultry in a backyard. When this is well organized, chickens are a fundamental part of the garden, converting insects and weeds into useful manure.

Aviary mesh is easy to adjust in respect to size because you can cut it with any knife and it won’t have sharp edges. The design is simple and attractive and doesn’t stand out in its surroundings. You can use aviary mesh to put up fences with curves, corners or any shape you require, not just squares or rectangles.

Aviary mesh creates a healthy, safe environment for poultry and wildfowl. In fact, it improves the health and productivity by keeping chicken coops cleaner and dryer. It is used on chicken farms to replace the floor, which up till now has been traditionally made with wooden boards in poultry sheds. The flooring made from aviary mesh is mainly used for chickens, ducks, geese, and rabbits. It is resistant to rust and humidity. It is easy to clean which improves the environment on the poultry farm. In fact, bird droppings are very corrosive because of their extremely acid components and are a source of bacteria and, consequently, diseases. 

On the other hand, aviary mesh maximizes the chance to exercise for birds on breeding farms for broiler chickens, free range chickens and wildfowl. The simple, light design of the mesh allows you to move it and set it up repeatedly in any shape or size of area. This way you can change the feeding areas as necessary. This improves the wellbeing of the animals – rotating corrals. 

Advantages of aviary mesh

  • Easy to set up, take down, clean and disinfect.
  • Improve health and productivity of poultry.
  • Keep chickens cleaner and dryer.
  • Reduce time of cleaning and cost of labor.
  • Convenient for any size and shape of structure. The panels are easily cut in order to put up. 
  • Use aviary mesh for different animals. 
  • Lasts for ten years and is competitively priced.

Aviary mesh is made from extracted, oriented polyethylene and is stabilized against UV rays, which is a guarantee of resistance and long lastingness. It is a better option than traditional chicken wire because it doesn’t rust or corrode and it’s easy to move and reuse.

Aviary mesh comes in a roll and you only need posts or a frame to install it. The material for the posts should be chosen according to the soil – dry, hard, rocky or soft. Just put up the posts, fix them in place and unroll the mesh against them. 

Aviary mesh is versatile, cheap, and it allows poultry and other livestock to be fenced in, but also permits them the space in which to grow freely, ecologically and profitably.