1. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor In the Brooder

    Apr 25, 2008
    Last edited: Jun 5, 2008
  2. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    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...
  3. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

    May 6, 2007
    Columbia Gorge, OR
    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.
  4. BowChickaBowMow

    BowChickaBowMow Songster

    May 16, 2008
    Northern Michigan
    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!
  5. KeniTeachNC

    KeniTeachNC Hatching

    Sep 30, 2007
    Central NC
    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.
  6. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    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!
  7. cityboygonecountry

    cityboygonecountry Hatching

    May 14, 2008
    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.


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