This past Sunday, Elaine and I spent much of the afternoon, trying to keep the netting covering our chicken run from collapsing. For the third time this winter, a heavy snow fell, collecting on the netting and weighing it down.
The first two times this happened, the netting collapsed and consequently caused the post holding our solar power unit to fall as well. It was a miserable experience for Elaine and me to slog about in the snow, trying to right the fence, repair the netting, and replace the netting in a number of places. The whole process was upsetting to our four-hen-flock as well, as egg production was negatively impacted.
So on Sunday, once every hour either Elaine or I would go to the chicken run and gently shake the snow off the netting. Although some holes in this defense web did occur, when Monday morning arrived the netting was still in place and the chickens had been protected from airborne predators.
In about a month hopefully, our heritage Rhode Island Red chicks will arrive. We can hardly wait to begin the process of raising them.