Chicken wire, sufficient?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by tororider, Mar 7, 2008.

  1. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If I build my coop inside my garage, will an outdoor run built with 1" hex poultry wire be sufficient to keep them safe? They will be in the garage at night. I will bury the wire at least 6", probably a foot. What do you think?
     
  2. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Chicken wire keeps chickens in and not much of anything else out. You would be better off using a welded wire and covering the bottom 3 ft with hardware cloth.
     
  3. tororider

    tororider Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone know a good place to get hardware cloth cheap? I found on amazon that I can get a 48"x50' roll with 1/2"x1/2" holes for $57.81 plus shipping.
     
  4. mangled

    mangled Chillin' With My Peeps

    We get our harware cloth at Lowes in the garden department. It's about $47.00 for a roll of I think 150 feet.

    No shipping cost, but it's bloody heavy. The 4 foot high roll fit in the trunk of my Chevy Cobalt with one seat down.

    Em
     
  5. Churkenduse

    Churkenduse Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Go to Home Depot,

    I use chicken wire and never had a problem

    P.S. I live up against a Wild Life Refuge and there are lots to deal with, I do have a chain link fence and a (small) dog
     
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  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Quote:You have been real lucky! Racoons can easily tear through chickens wire. Possums can chew through it! Chicken wire is not made like it used to be 40 yr ago.
     
  7. Nupine

    Nupine Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use some of both.

    You got 150' of wire for $47 at Lowe's!!!!! We paid like $1 a foot at our feed store for the same stuff. It is so heavy though! I have a hard time dragging around 22' of it.
     

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