Double layer chicken wire?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by sue121507, Jun 17, 2015.

  1. sue121507

    sue121507 Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2015

    I have some extra that I used about 2 years ago, it's been sitting outside the whole time with no protection and I haven't seen any signs of rust. I'll just have to get more instead of the chicken wire.
  2. SpartanSmoke

    SpartanSmoke New Egg

    Jun 20, 2015
    I am very new to raising chickens but I chose 1" mesh chicken wire for the inside and 2" x 4" 9 ga. rabbit wire for the outside for both the top and the sides. I have red tail hawks, racoons, and foxes around here.
  3. HIMA

    HIMA New Egg

    Dec 16, 2008
    You gotta use 1/2" hardware wire. Weasels and other rodents can easily squeeze thru 1" wire. Believe me, a weasel will kill all your birds if it gets in! My neighbor in Arizona used chicken wire to cage them in. He built this elaborate outoor area off his existing shed and one day some dogs came and tore right through that chicken wire during the daytime and killed all his chickens. Save yourself the heartbreak and do it right!
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  4. Critter Mom

    Critter Mom Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 22, 2015
    Chesapeake, VA
    A raccoon will reach in through chicken wire and grab a chicken. The raccoon will not let go of the struggling chicken and the chicken has no way to fight back through the chicken wire. The struggle usually results in dismemberment and death for the chicken. Raccoons thrive in suburban and even urban environments and will stop at nothing to get to your chickens. If a toddler could figure out how to get into it, so can a raccoon and a raccoon's hands are much smaller.
  5. yellowchicks

    yellowchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 27, 2014
    My Coop
    I have read so many horror stories about predator kills through chicken wires and wire mesh with large openings. It is an economic vs. risk assessment. Bottom line: cheap out now, cry later.
  6. MBoney

    MBoney New Egg

    Jun 7, 2015
    I assure you chicken wire is not enough. If you look at the bottom left of this pic, you can see where a predator went right through. I had one chicken missing out of 12. I placed 2x4 welded wire over it the next day an had another visit but he couldn't get in. Spend a little extra or you'll be sorry
  7. chiques chicks

    chiques chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    There is one alternative to hardware wire in my mind.
    Cage wire ½x1. It is used in the bottom of rabbit cages. Generally 14 gauge. Not sure of the price difference, I think I paid around $35/ 25 ft. I find it easier to handle since it is stiff. Generally 2ft wide.

    I personally use 2x4 welded wire 5 feet high on 4 foot posts.

    I live in a very rural country area, so actually have less predator issues due to all the wildlife, small rodents, etc. Sounds strange, but suburban/ urban areas have MORE predator issues IMHO.
  8. chickenewbee

    chickenewbee Out Of The Brooder

    May 16, 2015
    Northern Nevada
    I had my chickens inside a dog crate which was inside a chain link fence, and something got to them, killed one and pulled the feathers out of another (she recovered). I never would have thought that anything could get at them inside the crate, but it did. I'm not sure what it was....there is a gopher snake that wanders around, and I caught a rat a couple of days later, so it could have been either of them.

    I now wrap everything in hardware cloth.
  9. Juzaili

    Juzaili New Egg

    Jun 21, 2015
    good info.. i need to try this on my backyard
  10. jody411

    jody411 New Egg

    Jan 19, 2014
    We used chicken wire over our entire pen, and the sm. sq. hardware cloth on the lower 2-3 feet as well as into the ground to keep anything from digging under. We covered the roof with light weight fiber glass panels.

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