Dumb Q: But what is hardware cloth?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Nonny, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm in Oz and I've yet to see or hear of "hardware cloth" so I guess we have a different name for it. If someone could please describe it to me I might be able to find the equivalent here.

    By 'cloth', does that mean it's not make of metal? We have various types of mesh made from heavy duty nylon, wire, steel, as well as chicken wire, insect screening etc

    Adding:

    Does it look like this? http://sswm.com.au/Stainless-steel-woven-wire/Products/Stainless-Steel-Woven-Mesh
     
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  2. Bluku

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    Nonny,
    Hardware cloth is just 1/2 inch x 1/2 inch welded wire mesh.
    Not cloth at all.

    Bluku
     
  3. mississippifarmboy

    mississippifarmboy collects slightly damaged strays Premium Member

    What we call hardware cloth here looks like the welded wire at the left of that link, except ours is galvanized instead of stainless steel. It is a fine mesh welded wire either 1/4" or 1/2" squares usually.

    You can do a web search for more pictures.
     
  4. KDK1

    KDK1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's on the door in this pic
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    and a close up in my automatic waterer
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  5. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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  6. baldessariclan

    baldessariclan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you can, I'd recommend getting the smaller 1/2" x 1/2" square stuff -- helps keep smaller pests (like mice) out, and prevents larger ones (like raccoons) from being able to reach inside and grab your birds.
     
  7. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:If you can, I'd recommend getting the smaller 1/2" x 1/2" square stuff -- helps keep smaller pests (like mice) out, and prevents larger ones (like raccoons) from being able to reach inside and grab your birds.

    I could keep my chooks in an open cardboard box in the back yard and I can pretty much guarantee a 'coon wouldn't get to them. [​IMG]

    Will be using the smaller 1/2" stuff anyway though... I just put up that pic to make sure it was what you were all talking about. [​IMG]
     
  8. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hardware cloth is weak stuff. I'm building, er, just finished making rabbit cages and anything over 14 gauge is very thin and weak. I could easily tear through it w/pliers. Its also very small which means it is sharp and cuts easily. I believe it is best to leave hardware cloth in the hardware section for cement walls, etc and not use it for anything animal related.
    I think the only reason chicken people like hardware instead of chicken wire is because of the smaller openings, its the same gauge, so both are weak, but chicken wire is twisted together, making it stronger. If you can find 1/2in hex chicken wire, I would use that instead. I know some places you can find HDC or CW in stronger gauge, but it's usually special order or online in huge rolls only.

    Hardware cloth is tightly knit wire mesh just like cloth instead of 2in chain link fencing.
     
  9. WhiteMountainsRanch

    WhiteMountainsRanch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:
    I've heard the exact opposite; that people choose hardware cloth over chicken wire because it is stronger. It seems stronger to me. [​IMG]

    Just to clarify;

    Chicken Wire:
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    Hardware cloth:
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  10. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

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    It used to be that hardware cloth was really strong stuff and well galvanized. Now it comes from China and it cheap weak junk. Perhaps if you can find American made wire, it would be adequate.

    I use rabbit wire for the birds, but even that is about useless if it is imported. I couldn't buy American made rabbit wire and the stuff I've got has entire lengths of wire popping loose for absolutely no reason. I can't imagine it holding off a strong dog or even a raccoon.
     

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