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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Velociraptor, May 22, 2008.
Agreed! The poultry wire produced now is NOT like the kinda my grandma had when I was a kid. It was strong, tough, durable, and not full of little burrs and sticking-out wires like this is. I got some for temporary barriers to keep them out of the neighboring field, and it's a joke. (ok, not a funny one, but a joke nevertheless). I'm going to Lowes to look for someting else...
It is also so tightly wound, you really have to be careful it doesn't snap at you when unraveling. When building our run, the wire unraveled too fast and snapped my dad right in the face. If he hadn't been wearing glasses, it would have blinded him.
Quote:Sure wish I could've read this warning a couple days ago! As I was just finishing nailing on the last post... and the leftover wire at the end of the roll was wound up real tight like you mentioned. That stuff jumped in the air at me... thankfully I blocked it w/ my un-gloved hand... and my thumb got chewed up pretty bad... but WOW.. it happened in like 2 seconds... very fast! I was not expecting that. Scared me! And now I know for future chicken wiring projects! But I hadn't thought about posting a warning on here! Good idea!
Years ago when my husband and I were building our coop, that nasty ol' chicken wire flew back and hit my husband right in the eye. I could see the very clean slice in his cornea. The local eye doctor opened his office for him to be treated. It was an intense healing process and a painful experience for my husband. After that, he refused to touch the wire. I finished the coop myself, wearing goggles (not the swimming kind; the kind you wear in a science lab). They were HOT, but my eyes were protected from all angles. Leather gloves and long sleeves are also handy when working with this horrible stuff.
Seriously, wear protective gear -- accidents happen very fast.
Aiiyiiyii - corneal injury....
I have had 4 babies totally drug free, and I'd have a baby ANY DAY over a corneal injury. I had a corneal abrasion when some drywall dust got in my eye and it was the absolute WORST PAIN I've ever had in my life.
The only good thing about it is that the cornea heals rather fast compared to other tissues in the body.
I'm glad he healed up OK!
is that why it hurt so bad when I dropped a screw into my eye? LOL!
seriously, thank you for the heads up, from a newb, fixin to build a run.