Chick wire question.

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Debraprs, Feb 6, 2012.

  1. Debraprs

    Debraprs Hatching

    Jan 23, 2012
    Hey I am wondering 2 inch poultry wire would not be too large for a chicken yard/pen would it?

  2. chicken995

    chicken995 Chirping

    Mar 19, 2011
    Northern Colorado
    I suppose I'll be the first to say it. Chicken wire will keep the chickens in, but it won't keep the predators out.
  3. AllenWMiller

    AllenWMiller Chirping

    Jan 16, 2012
    Rural PA
    For me wire has always been a question of money and how much I thought I could afford at a given time.

    When I was a young man during the Depression (the Great One not the one we're in now) I built with an eye to conserving money since money was scarce so I used the cheapest wire I could find but even then I would only use 1" poultry wire.

    I used one inch because in those days we used a lot of brood hens and let the broods range in the pens. 2' poultry wire would obviously not work in this instance as the brood would walk through the wire of its pen into other broods but without the hen causing all sorts of issues. Likewise, rats and predators were more deterred with 1" wire.

    Today my grandson is embarking on a new venture into poultry and is building a new compound of coops and runs. He has involved me a good deal (mostly out of kindness since really he doesn't need any help) and I've gotten to know a fair bit about what is available in wire today.

    Today's galvanized wire, much the same as then, comes in 14. 16, and 20 gauge either galvanized before bonding or dipped after welding. After welded galvanize is the best since the welds are galved making it last longer and more rust resistant.

    There is also now galved after weld with a PVC vinyl coat for about $200 for 20g 6'x150' and this I think is a really good buy if you think how long it will last.

    There is also hard-wire PVC Vinyl coated welded after galvanized in 1" x 1" or 1" x 2" which is excellent for chicken runs and very predator resistant. For the 14 gauge 1" x 2" 100" long I've seen it available in PA are for under $400 per roll.

    Hard-wire is the way to go but with UPS or freight Shipping is quite a good deal of money.

    Depending on your needs and amount of wire Lowes and Home Depot have several selections of PVC coated wires that would make good choices for pens.

    What ever you chose, I always say spend the most you can afford on the wire now; since you will either replace it in 3 years or 30 depending on what wire you went with in the first place.

    If a hobby that may not last go cheap. If a passion that will last you a lifetime like me go with the best you can afford!
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2012
  4. Debraprs

    Debraprs Hatching

    Jan 23, 2012
    We are living at the edge of town so cats and some dogs are our main predators. Money is tight so cannot afford much but do plan to build to last.

  5. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    I'd buy 2x2 or even 2x4 welded wire for my henyard fence. Chicken wire (poultry netting) as Chicken995 pointed out is about worthless against any decent sized determined predator which DOGS most certainly are. In suburban areas they are likely to be the worst day time predator.

    Unless you have chicks or very small bantams cats will not typically bother chickens.
  6. crankster76

    crankster76 Songster

    Dec 25, 2011
    I used welded wire from the co-op. 75 a roll fer 100 ft
  7. chicken995

    chicken995 Chirping

    Mar 19, 2011
    Northern Colorado
    If you are on the edge of town I will guarantee you that cats and dogs will not be your only concern. You just haven't seen what else is out there yet. I know it is expensive, but I really suggest you use something like hardware cloth or welded wire. While I was setting up my coop I was planning on using chicken wire. It was good enough for my neighbor so it would be good enough for me. A couple days before I was going to put the wire on, a raccoon got into my neighbors coop killed her three chickens. I took the chicken wire back and got hardware cloth. I have seen raccoon tracks in the snow and dirt around my coop several times, but nothing has been able to get in.
    Last edited: Feb 6, 2012

  8. Coop de Grille

    Coop de Grille Songster

    Apr 24, 2010
    South Carolina
    I got my hardware cloth with 1/2 inch mesh at I paid $69 for 4ftx50ft with free shipping. Best prices around for quality wire.
  9. BoltonChicken

    BoltonChicken Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    Bolton, Mississippi
    I got my hardware cloth with 1/2 inch mesh at

    Only way to go. Forget "poultry" wire.

  10. JulieFS

    JulieFS In the Brooder

    Jun 18, 2011
    Freeport, Michigan
    I use the 2x4" welded wire and it works great! My pit bull jumped at the fence once (because I accidentally threw her ball at it) and it barely bent. It's really strong. I get a 6 foot tall 100 foot long roll at Tractor Supply store for about $100-$110. I use regular chicken wire for the roofing. My parents have had skunks get in through their chicken mesh wire...not sure how, but it's happened.

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