chicken wire ok for top of run?

camotruck

Chirping
9 Years
May 22, 2010
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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?
 

shelleyd2008

the bird is the word
11 Years
Sep 14, 2008
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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
 

patandchickens

Flock Mistress
12 Years
Apr 20, 2007
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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,

Pat
 

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