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19 Gauge hardware cloth strong enough?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Huskerchickens, Jun 3, 2011.

  1. Huskerchickens

    Huskerchickens Out Of The Brooder

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    So I had made a post a few days ago asking if people thought basic poultry netting was strong enough to hold up to foxes and raccoons. Everyone did a good job of putting the fear in me, so I just got back from the hardware store with some 1/2" mesh 19 gauge hardware cloth. Now my next question is if people think the 19 gauge is thick enough? I was hoping to fine something in the 16 gauge range, but they didn't have any at the store and I didn't see anything with some quick online shopping.

    I'm going to put this right over the top of my existing poultry netting and add a 1' skirt around the edges. So hopefully the combination of the two meshes will both strengthen and prevent reach in, and the skirt should prevent digging.

    Thanks in advance for any help/advice people can provide.
     
  2. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Guy at local feed store said [​IMG] "19 is not strong enough against raccoon...." Of course he IS selling the stronger stuff! I'm starting to think I need something like a federal penitentiary: some razor wire around a double set of concrete walls
     
  3. CarolynF

    CarolynF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Remember to attach the skirting wire to the vertical fencing so the scoundrels can't squeeze in between! Some people have used zip tie strips, but I used heavy gauge wire so it would last longer. I really don't want to have to do it twice!
     
  4. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

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    I have chicken wire but I also have an electric fence. If anything touches it, it won't be back to test it again.
     
  5. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I think it depends on the wire openings. With 1/2" by 1/2" inch openings, I don't think the raccoon could really get its teeth into the wire much to chew it (certainly not any back teeth). If the wire is good quality and has good welds (the don't all fit this description...I bought some online that came with some of the welds already breaking), I think 19 gauge wire should work ok. That's what I have on my runs. However, I did use the 16 gauge to cover the vents and windows of the coop, reasoning that this was where the chickens would be at night when predator danger is at its highest (and I could afford to pay more for the wire since I was covering a relatively small area with it).
     
  6. Baymen Moe

    Baymen Moe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My entire run is 19 ga and have not had a break in. The coop has been up for two years and I'm in prime raccoon country, not to mention many other critters wanting a chicken dinner.
     
  7. Kikiriki

    Kikiriki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Nice to hear...I really didn't want to have to take out a loan to purchase materials, and the 19 gage is pricey enough...
     
  8. Tracyree

    Tracyree Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Goodness, I hope so. Just replaced all my chicken wire with it.
     
  9. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:It's fun watching a coon light out of the yard after just a touch of electric fence, ain't it? [​IMG]

    Oh and Huskerchickens, 19 should be fine. If they get thru that, go electric
     
    Last edited: Jun 4, 2011
  10. knjinnm

    knjinnm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All,
    Check the mesh screen used by plaster and tile installers. It has diamond shaped openings of different sizes, the stuff is sharp so it will deter predators which paw the wire and if laid on the ground any predators which might try to dig under the cage or run.
     

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