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:
- You prevent all of the health risks related to cuts and scratches caused by rusty wire.
- 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.
- Additionally, smaller sized animals which are more likely to be injured will be safer.
- It is resistant to corrosion caused by poultry droppings.
- It is resistant to rust caused by water.
- It is extremely light and easy to set up and won’t wound any poultry with loose wires.
- It prevents outside birds from getting into the coops
- 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.
- 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.