I am going to be doing construction on our wooden shed this weekend to turn it into a chicken coop. I will be adding a large run to one side. I was planning on covering the run with hardware cloth to prevent predators. We have bears, foxes, coyotes and snakes and more here! When I was at the store I noticed that all hardware cloth has a warning on it about it containing LEAD! It says to wear gloves and protection while handling it. Everyone uses this stuff for gardens and animals and pets, around things we eat! I don't want my animals or my children or myself to be exposed to large amounts of lead. Is there an alternative material? Has anyone researched this? I am assuming the lead is in the sauder that connects the joints only as the actual metal use dis galvanized steel or aluminum? I showed the gentleman at the store the warning label and he was surprised and concerned as he uses it for his garden. He had never noticed this warning label before either. I would love some advice in this. I know most of us are trying to do things as natural and healthy as possible!