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Best wire gauge for chicken yard

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Is 12 gauge wire overkill for a chicken yard?  I am content with 14 gauge to save $$ but my husband thinks everything needs to be industrial grade.  12 gauge will hold in horses.  These are only chickens.  We live where predators are minimum, occasionally a stray dog, but that's it.  No racoons, bears, hawks, etc.  Nothing of the sort here in the islands.  Please help.

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We will be using 19. We are currently building a coop and run and I have already purchased the hardware cloth. Good luck!

Cheesehead Chicken Lover- married with children- 2 boys, 2 dogs, cat, guinea pig, and 16 chicks!
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Cheesehead Chicken Lover- married with children- 2 boys, 2 dogs, cat, guinea pig, and 16 chicks!
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2'x4' 19 ga welded wire at 5ft tall and a 2ft section of 19ga hardware cloth around the bottom for 8 RIR and haven't had a problem yet ,kow.

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We use 14 ga. 2"X4" on all our coops. The only predators I know that it might not stop would be bears and rhinos................Other than that dont waste your money on anything stronger.

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I used 12 gauge vinyl coated 2x2 wire and i think 16 gauge vinyl coated hardware cloth.  You can find decent prices online but it is still expensive.  The reason I went with the heavier wire is because I liked the looks and I wanted it to last a long time.  I think though that you would be fine though with a lighter wire than I bought.  Good luck.

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