Hardware Cloth and Chicken Wire

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nittanyxi, May 12, 2010.

  1. nittanyxi

    nittanyxi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2010
    If I have hardware cloth wrapped 2 feet high around the entire base of my run can I get away with using chicken wire for the rest of the sides over 2 feet high and the roof?
  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Only if they're locked in a coop at night!
  3. newchicksnducks

    newchicksnducks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Use chicken wire anywhere you don't want your chickens to get through. Use hardware cloth anywhere you want to keep other animals from going. If you just want to make sure your birds stay in their designated area, chicken wire is fine. (I use it inside my coop to make a "mini coop" area when integrating my babies to the older chickens.) If you want to use wire for protection of your birds, use hardware cloth. Even so, I would still make sure that at night time the chickens were inside a secure wooden coop safe from predators. JMO.
  4. RoninComputing

    RoninComputing Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2010
    Tempe AZ
    Preditors can climb.... 2ft is no problem and then easy in thru the chicken wire. [​IMG]
    If chickens are left exposed inside the fence it needs to be Hardware Cloth,
  5. mike67909

    mike67909 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 22, 2009
    Pinckney, Michigan
    I haven't had any problems with my run, I just have the chicken wire.
  6. cambriagardener

    cambriagardener Chillin' With My Peeps

    Rather than chicken wire above the hardware wire, use 2"x2" welded wire. It is stronger and keeps out predators. The only thing that can get through it is mice and rats. Be sure you lock in your hens at night. Good luck! [​IMG]
  7. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Putting hardwarecloth on the bottom of a chickenwire fence is like putting an $80 case-hardened padlock on a loop of baling twine.

    Any predator that ACTUALLY wants to get in to eat chickens will merely rip apart your chickenwire ABOVE the level of the hardwarecloth, and have dinner.

    Those of you who have chickenwire and have not had a problem yet -- need to be aware of that last word there, YET. Lack of losses with chickenwire simply means no predator happens to have TESTED your run fence yet. When they do, we all pretty much know what will happen.

    Unless you are comfortable using Lady Luck as your predatorproofing strategy, I strongly recommend ditching the chickenwire and using something stronger, like heavy gauge good quality welded wire with holes no larger than 2x4".

    Good luck, have fun,

  8. bfrancis

    bfrancis Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2010
    Okmulgee Co, Oklahoma
    Quote:I agree. Here is an example of what you're talking about, I do still lock my birds up at night [​IMG]

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