The life expectancy of camo netting.

Put this up in Spring of 2015. I remember because it was right after this, which was memorable.

The nylon netting it’s based on is in fine shape. Nylon, like polypropylene, seems impervious to sunlight.

But whatever the camo material is made of, it’s good for no more than 3 years. It’s falling to pieces and can’t be put back together, because every time you put tension on two bits trying to tie them together you only rip some more apart. Yesterday we had a windstorm that did serious damage, because it has no tensile strength left.

It will probably be better than nothing for another year or so, but that would be stretching the heat and glare resistance of chickens. For the record, in case you ever wondered, at least in the high desert it’s three years and out.

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10 Responses to The life expectancy of camo netting.

  1. coloradohermit says:

    Yes sir, that sun is a mean caretaker of outdoor gear. We got a 10×12 storage tent when we moved to town and in 1 1/2 years the top was full of little splits. It’s now covered with a tarp and that’ll probably need replacing next year if it makes it thru this summer.

  2. Zelda says:

    If anyone finds any type of plastic (6 mil greenhouse covering, tarps, camo netting, bins) that lasts longer than a year and a half please post the source here. All the plastic I’ve used is allegedly UV stabilized, made in China (they must have a different strength of sunlight) and cracks and splits. The thought of all that plastic going to the landfill is sad.

  3. Ben says:

    How about some sort of light lattice “roof” rather than the camo?

  4. Joel says:

    I’d have to build a frame around the whole chicken yard to support the lattice. At the current price camo netting costs a little more than $20/year.

  5. Edward says:

    A satellite dish on a desert hermit abode? Wow! Next thing we hear will be Joel doing some NSA work on the side. Kidding. Let me root around a bit, I seem to recall seeing someone selling real milsurp cammo netting somewhere. And yes, those China tarps, no matter how much UV they claim it will tolerate, turn to confetti in a year.

  6. Joel says:

    Yeah the satellite dish went away a couple of years ago when the Lair got a hotspot. Then the hotspot went away when I got this smartphone last year. I definitely don’t miss the dish.

    I didn’t even know there were different grades of camo net. Any help there would be appreciated.

  7. Edward says:

    Just shipped you a 16.5′ X 5′ camo net. This is an experiment, you are the field tester for UV/weather durability lifespan 🙂 Eyeballing your hen yard photo I think this will yield two 8′ segments to cover the whole.

  8. Joel says:

    Thank you!

    That will replace the windward part of the existing net, which is what’s coming apart, and allow me to retire the landscape cloth over the coop where the existing net proved too short. Appreciate it!

    Might even get here in a timely fashion, since Landlady is planning to come up next weekend.

  9. anonymous says:

    I don’t know about camo netting, but we’ve had some of that ugly orange ‘construction zone fence’ material in full daylight of south Texas as a cover for our garden for over 15 years and its still going pretty well. Lets in enough sunlight for tomatoes, yet shields from birds and neighborhood cats from using the earth as their outhouse. PVC pipe hoops set in galvanize pipe stuck in ground – long term cover.

    It doesn’t get as windy here as there though, I’m guessing.

  10. Paul Joat says:

    Zelda, I’ve got one tarp building covered with a used billboard tarp, it’s a heavy PVC, it’s only been up for 6 months so far but I’ve heard they outlast poly tarps by a lot.

To the stake with the heretic!