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4x4inch square wire okay?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by pinkforestcall, Jan 16, 2014.

  1. pinkforestcall

    pinkforestcall New Egg

    Jan 16, 2014
    Spokane, WA
    I'm having a fence built around my garden and also around my chicken coop to create a chicken yard that is 25 ft by 30 ft.

    The fence will be 6 ft tall and will be composed of wire squares with wood trim around all sides of wire creating a "boxed in" look.

    My question is there are all different sizes of wire squares to choose from. The fence builder wants to use 4x4 inch wire squares as the mesh.

    Is a 4x4 inch square too big? Will my chickens be able to get through a 4x4 inch square?

    Thank you so much,

  2. ChickenLegs13

    ChickenLegs13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 4, 2013
    Lower Alabama
    Unless they're full grown huge chickens they can squeeze through 4x4 plus coons & possums can easily get through too. 4x2 wire is much better for both reasons.
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  3. seann

    seann Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 30, 2013
    I'd go with hardware cloth (1/2 inch) to prevent predators from getting in.
  4. MoonShadows

    MoonShadows The Jam Man

    Jan 23, 2013
    Pocono Mtns
    My Coop
    I used 1x2 on the bottom part and 2x4 on the top part and roof, and have never had a problem with predators.
  5. RWD

    RWD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2011
    Wartrace TN.
    2x4 will be your best choice for a yard fence. 1/2" hardware cloth would cost a fortune 6' high by 110' long.
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2014

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