Hardware Cloth 1/2 inch vs. 1/4 inch

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by joebryant, Jul 27, 2008.

  1. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    The walls/posts on the outdoor run that I'm building now will be eight feet tall (ten feet with two feet in ground). My world will go around a lot faster if I use two rows of 4-foot high 1/2-inch hardware cloth because I cannot find 4-foot high 1/4-inch, only 3 foot. What are the benefits of having 1/4 inch along the bottom of the run; can a coon reach through 1/2 inch? If so, I'll use 1/4 inch and plan to do something else with the top one foot of the posts.
     
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

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    I think 1/2" would be fine. not much of anything can get through 1/2" squares that wouldn't be eaten by the chickens before it could get them!

    A paw small enough to get through 1/2" wouldn't be large enough to do much, if any damage...
     
  3. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
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    It seems 1/2" should be fine. How wide and long will the coop be?
     
  4. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

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    I prefer 1/2", as it is usually made with a larger, stronger gauge of wire than the 1/4". That's a good thing!

    1/4" will keep out mice, which 1/2" won't. I don't care about that. I just care about keeping things out that will attack my chickens. We've never had a mouse problem in the coop, anyway.

    1/2" will keep out rats.
     
  5. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    Up here we have a stoat (tiny weasel) problem. They will kill chickens even though they are so small. For them, you would need to get the 1/4" wire. And every size wire should come in different gages. The gage of the wire is how thick / strong it is.

    Maybe ask around and see what predators cause the most problems in your area?
     
  6. joebryant

    joebryant Crowing

    Thanks, Alaskan, Woodlandwoman, Ibpboo, and arlee453 for your advice/experience. I went to Home Depot yesterday and bought two 25-foot rolls of the 1/2 inch that's 48 inches wide plus some extra.

    There was a third roll of 1/2 inch that I first picked up and put in my cart. Then I picked up the second of the three rolls that they had; that one felt much heavier than the former, so I put the first one back and took the third one instead. I took the light-weight one to the manager and told her about it. She said someone had bought it, used part of it, and returned the rest for a FULL refund. Talk about TACKY!
    She marked the third roll down 75%, so I got it for about $13. When I got home, I measured it, and there was 12 feet in the roll. So I now have 62 feet of 48 inch wide 1/2 hardware cloth, and I'm all set to go finishing up the two walls/gates; the garage walls are the other two walls. Thanks again!
     
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2008
  7. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

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    Those stoats sound nasty. I think the smallest we have to worry about down here is the lesser weasel and the 1/2" is supposed to keep them out.
     
  8. FisherMOM

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    Quote:some people are unbelievable! And to think that they actually GAVE them a DISCOUNT? they are just as wrong!
     

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