Originally Posted by D13Chickens
I was planning in lining the entire room with1/4 in hardwarecloth. including the ground. then just build up the floor w more dirt before i put the bedding in. But should i use vinyl coated hardware cloth for anything that will be burried? also i cant find any 1/4 vinyl coated, is 1/2 really ok?
I lined my entire coop with 1/2" HC, because I had squirrels chew thru the walls previously, but it is not on the ground.
The HC on the floor is covered with heavy duty foam back vinyl flooring for cleaning ease and to keep the birds from contacting the HC.
Not sure it was necessary, and it sure was expensive, but probably helps keep the larger mice out the feed.
Only possible downside I've realized is that bedding will gather between HC and outer wall sheathing between the wall studs.
This was partly repelled by vinyl flooring going up the wall 8" in places and I tacked feed bag material up in the other places.
I say possible downside as pests might find a cozy home there.
1/2" will exclude most predators, if it is attached properly.
1/4" has smaller wires so is weaker and would rust more quickly in contact with the ground.
I don't like vinyl coated wire as the coating can crack,
allowing moisture to work unevaporated to corrode from the inside.
But it might work good if buried as it wouldn't be exposed to ultraviolet degradation of the vinyl.
Hope something in there helps you make your decision.