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Portable poles for overhead netting?

 
Leela Olson
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I want to design a stand alone movable post that can hold up netting over a movable chicken yard. I would imagine I need several approx 8' high.
My goal is to have a modular system (several) to move around my property, to use for breeding groups, grow-outs and possibly meat birds. One 4 x 4 or 6 x 6 coop, chicken tractor/greenhouse that can attach to the coop, 100' portable electric poultry net fence (48" high) and netting over the yard to keep out aerial predators and keep the naughty cocks in.

I don't want to reinvent the wheel...anyone seen anything like that before? Ideas?

Attached is a pic of my tractor. Plans came from John Suscovich of Camp Roads Farm (Foodcyclist)

Thanks all!

Leela
Kindred Hill Farm
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Alder Burns
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Two ideas come to mind, both of which I've done in different settings:
1. Pound sections of pipe into the ground where you want your poles to be. Pull them out as you pound them in to knock the soil out, so that when they are sunk in, the inside of the pipe is empty. Have these wider than your poles and simply drop the poles into them. The other way would be permanent stakes, say two or three feet tall, that your poles (pipes? bamboo?) fit down over.
2. especially for hard or rocky ground, use tall tripods made of bamboo or other lightweight material....these would be moved with the net....

Another hint...a jar, or even a metal can, over the end of the poles allows the net to slide over them and stretch without catching on the end....
 
Leela Olson
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Alder Burns wrote:Two ideas come to mind, both of which I've done in different settings:
1. Pound sections of pipe into the ground where you want your poles to be. Pull them out as you pound them in to knock the soil out, so that when they are sunk in, the inside of the pipe is empty. Have these wider than your poles and simply drop the poles into them. The other way would be permanent stakes, say two or three feet tall, that your poles (pipes? bamboo?) fit down over.
2. especially for hard or rocky ground, use tall tripods made of bamboo or other lightweight material....these would be moved with the net....

Another hint...a jar, or even a metal can, over the end of the poles allows the net to slide over them and stretch without catching on the end....



I like the idea of a tripod, could be covered and provide a shady place for them to hang out!

Thanks for the ideas!

Leela
 
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Alder Burns wrote:Two ideas come to mind, both of which I've done in different settings:
1. Pound sections of pipe into the ground where you want your poles to be. Pull them out as you pound them in to knock the soil out, so that when they are sunk in, the inside of the pipe is empty. Have these wider than your poles and simply drop the poles into them. The other way would be permanent stakes, say two or three feet tall, that your poles (pipes? bamboo?) fit down over.
2. especially for hard or rocky ground, use tall tripods made of bamboo or other lightweight material....these would be moved with the net....

Another hint...a jar, or even a metal can, over the end of the poles allows the net to slide over them and stretch without catching on the end....


I would vote for using bamboo poles. Not only is bamboo an incredibly sustainable resource, it's also stronger than steel and more robust than concrete, and way healthier for the environment than PVC pipes.
 
Leela Olson
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Alex Everette wrote:

I would vote for using bamboo poles. Not only is bamboo an incredibly sustainable resource, it's also stronger than steel and more robust than concrete, and way healthier for the environment than PVC pipes.


I know there is the type of bamboo that spreads underground and one that just stays in clumps. Can you recommend a clumping variety that will grow in my climate, zone 5 New Hampshire US.

Thanks!
 
John Polk
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Here is a Canadian company that specializes in cold climate bamboos:
Cold hardy bamboo

They have a couple dozen varieties that they rate down to USDA zone 5
Good place to do some research.

 
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