chicken wire ok for top of run?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by camotruck, Jun 13, 2010.

  1. camotruck

    camotruck Chirping

    May 22, 2010
    NW Ohio
    I'm going to use hardware mesh for the walls of my run, is it ok to use chickenwire for the roof? The run will be about 6 ft tall, and I plan to keep them in the coup at night. I understand that chickenwire for the walls is taking chances, but what about the top?
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Weasels and rats can get through 1" wire with no problem. If you plan on locking up the birds each and every night without fail, then chicken wire would be okay. But that one time you decide they'll be okay without getting locked in, something will surely happen. Good luck [​IMG]
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    It will keep out hawks and keep chickens in; but if you have any climbing dogs/foxes or daytime raccoons, they will be able to get in. Those things are pretty uncommon-to-rare, but it is a personal decision what to do about 'em.

    Good luck, have fun,


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