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Where to get cheap hardware cloth?

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Man, is hardware cloth expensive!

And I have a lot of it to buy if to build a 4x10 (or so) run with an apron and reinforce the bottom of a fence.

I've only been to the big box hardware stores and I've found a few deals on Amazon...but is there a secret way to buy some inexpensive hardware cloth that I don't know about?

Everyone keeps talking about how inexpensive it is to build coops...but from what I can see, most coops have a lot of hardware cloth.  How is eveyone building so cheaply??

And--what is the best way to cut the stuff?

Thanks!

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post #2 of 58

I started attaching 1/2" hardware cloth to the coop/run I am making for my daughter and used wire side cutters.  Cut right through it.

post #3 of 58

There is no cheap hardware cloth that I know of. But I bought mine at my local family owned Blue Seal Feed, and because I shop there a lot and because I was buying a large quantity, they did give me a discount on it, so it's worth asking if you're buying a substantial amount. Turned out to be much cheaper than at Lowe's or the bigger places.

PS: And yes, wire cutters or tin snips cut right through it easily.


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post #5 of 58

The best place is craigslist.  I purchased for roll 4'x150' for $60 poultry wire.  I share 2 rolls with other and keep the 2.

post #6 of 58

The Great Plains Hardware store has good prices online. Even after shipping it is substantially cheaper than Lowe's or Home Depot.

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someone posted this site before http://www.csnstores.com/Mat-308B-BFJ1001.html?cv=&SSAID=389818&refid=SS389818


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post #8 of 58

I've also seen where people have used the lath cloth that you put up before stuccoing a house or wall.  It's cheaper by far.

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post #9 of 58

The CNS link is a really good price, just not sure how much shipping will add to it.  I bought mine at Lowes and it wasn't cheap.  It made my run cost almost as much as my coop.  I bought (6) 36" x 25' rolls of 1/2'.

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CSN offers free shipping on their hardware cloth.    That's a considerable savings aside from the actual cost of the product.

We bought our first roll of 36", 100 foot locally for around $140.   The second one (from CSN) was under $100.

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