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Best wire gauge for chicken yard

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

  1. kamuelamom

    kamuelamom Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 24, 2011
    Is 12 gauge wire overkill for a chicken yard? I am content with 14 gauge to save $$ but my husband thinks everything needs to be industrial grade. 12 gauge will hold in horses. These are only chickens. We live where predators are minimum, occasionally a stray dog, but that's it. No racoons, bears, hawks, etc. Nothing of the sort here in the islands. Please help.
  2. riverchicks

    riverchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 3, 2011
    We will be using 19. We are currently building a coop and run and I have already purchased the hardware cloth. Good luck!
  3. reksat

    reksat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 7, 2011
    2'x4' 19 ga welded wire at 5ft tall and a 2ft section of 19ga hardware cloth around the bottom for 8 RIR and haven't had a problem yet ,kow.
  4. RWD

    RWD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2011
    Wartrace TN.
    We use 14 ga. 2"X4" on all our coops. The only predators I know that it might not stop would be bears and rhinos................Other than that dont waste your money on anything stronger.
  5. Huskeriowa

    Huskeriowa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 19, 2010
    My Coop
    I used 12 gauge vinyl coated 2x2 wire and i think 16 gauge vinyl coated hardware cloth. You can find decent prices online but it is still expensive. The reason I went with the heavier wire is because I liked the looks and I wanted it to last a long time. I think though that you would be fine though with a lighter wire than I bought. Good luck.

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