Fencing Size/Gauge Question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by KellyGwen, May 6, 2008.

  1. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All!

    I just came back from our local feed/supply store with my welded wire fence. I really wanted to get the 1x2 (6' tall) but it was REALLY expensive! So I got 2x4 instead (half the price!!)... How long should I wait until I let my babies out in that? Will they be able to squeeze through??? This is my first time building a run/coop... I didn't want to use "poultry net" aka chicken wire because I was afraid of dogs/raccoons ripping through it... I am still planning on installing a "skirt" of chicken wire at the base of the fence to prevent digging.

    Thanks!!!
    Kelly

    P.S. My peeps aren't even here yet!! [​IMG] They are being shipped on Monday! [​IMG]
     
  2. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone?
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  3. peruvian_princess

    peruvian_princess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry I cant help you on this one since i used chicken wire LOL!
     
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I use the 2x4 welded wire and then line the bottom 2 or 3 feet with either chicken wire or hardware cloth. I prefer the hardware cloth because it's studier.
     
  5. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Peruvian_princess... haha.. thanks anyway! [​IMG]

    Katy... Thanks! That's what I was thinking of doing, I just wanted to run it by someone who has used it. [​IMG]

    Thanks girls!! [​IMG]
     
  6. peruvian_princess

    peruvian_princess Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Your welcome even though it wasnt much help [​IMG]
     
  7. MSP

    MSP Out Of The Brooder

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    I used the welded wire on my duck run/house.

    One problem I have had is some times the joints give and I end up with breaks to fix. On the bottom we have a bunch of gaps made from weed whacking around the run. Weed whacker has made a mess out of the welded wire.

    Duck run/house is getting a renovation before I begin the coop and chicken run construction so I have decided to add hardware cloth or chicken wire to the bottom of the run all the way around.

    Not sure which would be better the hardware cloth or the chicken wire but be aware of the potential problem with the welded wire.

    I have had no problems with it on the actual duck house though.
     
  8. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I put the welded wire up (what I was able to buy.. they didn't have enough!). I am planning now to get some chicken wire or hardware cloth to add to it.

    Here are a few pictures of my run so far!!

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    I can't WAIT to get my babies!! They are being shipped on MONDAY!!! HOORAY!
     
  9. Portia

    Portia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls were allowed into my garden surrounded with 2x4 wire at week 4 and weren't able to go through...even though a few tried. They are all standards, but if you have bantams then this won't help you much.
     
  10. POC

    POC Out Of The Brooder

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    You think chicken wire is to weak? Have you ever tried to pull it apart? Give it a go, I bet you can't budge it, and you are stronger than a 'coon.
     

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