Hardward Cloth - what size

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by merrydancer, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. merrydancer

    merrydancer In the Brooder

    Nov 28, 2007
    I am designing a new coop.

    Would like to keep out mice, rat, coyotes, raccoons, etc.
    I understand hardward cloth is the way to go ..but what size. 1/4 smaller hole...keeps mice out ...but is it strong enough or can a racoon tear or chew through it? or a coyote claw through it?

    is 1/2 x 12 better? stronger? can mice go through 1/2 " ?

    any ideas or experiences are much appreciated.

    thank you
  2. yankeemtfarm

    yankeemtfarm Songster

    Sep 13, 2007
    !/4 1/2 hardware-cloth will keep out the mice/ small rodents ect.

    Not sure what predators you have ,but i protect my girls behind hardware-cloth then chain-link.

    Not to say hardware-cloth is bad but a big predator like coyote, fox or raccoon can get into hard-ware cloth.

    They have not gotten through both yet. Crosses fingers.

  3. airmom1c05

    airmom1c05 Songster

    Feb 3, 2008
    Raymond, Mississippi
    1/2 in openings in hardware cloth that is 19 gauge wire or smaller gauge (smaller the gauge number, the larger/stronger the wire) and welded is advertised to keep out raccoons who are the smartest of predators. My pen was built with economy steel strong wire, but the openings are 2"x3"; not good! I just purchased two 100 ft. rolls of 48" high 19 gauge welded, galvanized wire hardware cloth with 1/2 in openings because the 1/4 " openings wire is not as strong. I am leaving the original wire in place, but will reinforce with this hardware cloth. I bought it at Sutherlands for $113 per roll. WHEW! I think my chickens are worth it. [​IMG] I got enough for another coop to separate my bantums from my large chickens and for another run and some brooder pens, etc. It will also be used to replace my attic ventilation screens (in my home) and to add under my house at the vents to keep critters out from under there as well!
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2008
  4. merrydancer

    merrydancer In the Brooder

    Nov 28, 2007
    Thank you for the information... I have been using chain-link but raccons reach through...rats go through...

    I like the idea of using both...

    Many thanks for the ideas
  5. ebaribault

    ebaribault Songster

    Feb 21, 2008
    Antrim, NH
    Hi all,
    I was thinking of using chain link for the run with hardware cloth on the bottom 2 or 3 feet do you think this will be good enough.

    Thank you,
  6. okto

    okto Chirping

    Jun 30, 2007
    los angeles
    i use 1x2 and the rats stay out, i havent had a mouse problem yet

    the gauge of the wire is substantial, more like the welded wire used for pouring concrete

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