Originally Posted by justmeinflorida
Originally Posted by teach1rusl
Hardware cloth is NEVER a cheap alternative - but it's a much SAFER alternative. 2x4 or 1x2 welded wire is quite economical, although hardware cloth or other small wire needs to be run along the lower 24 inches or so to prevent reach-ins. Chicken wire is the cheapest in price and quality, and contributes to many losses to predators as a result.
Funny thing is people that are inexperienced with chickens (like me) would first think of using chicken wire because of the name. I'm glad I research the heck out of everything before I jump into a project or I'd have lost my soon to be flock in no time.
You know, the only thing I can figure is that it's named as it is because it DOES work for penning chickens, ya' know? So if you discount the presence of predators, it serves its purpose. But obviously very few situations are predator-free.
I guess it's like the wire many people call cattle wire. It's meant to keep cattle contained. I'm sure raccoons, possums, foxes, coyotes, etc. waltz right through, under, whatever. So maybe wire has always been named after what it contains, not how safely it keeps them???? Not sure about rabbit wire. It'd be nice if wire was named after what it keeps OUT...lol.