Hardware cloth for chicken run question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by jbudin2000, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. jbudin2000

    jbudin2000 Out Of The Brooder

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    What gague and size 1/4 " or 1/2" hardware cloth is best to use for run and protection unter the coop?
     
  2. Bridebeliever

    Bridebeliever Chillin' With My Peeps

    1/4" and 1/2" is the size, not the gauge. The higher the gauge number the weaker. So as an example, 24 gauge is not as strong as 19 gauge.

    For choosing the size, I personally would go for the 1/4"...mice can get through the 1/2".
     
  3. jbudin2000

    jbudin2000 Out Of The Brooder

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    Like gold, the higher the softer. I did not now this. Thank you.
    Mice can get through 1/2 inch cloth. The must be Tea Cup mice, heehe.
     
  4. jbudin2000

    jbudin2000 Out Of The Brooder

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    Any suggestions for seaming together sections of cloth for the run?
     
  5. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

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    I’m not sure they will work for ¼” wire but you might check out J-clips. You can normally find them and the tool you’ll need in the rabbit section at Tractor Supply. I’ve used them on ½” wire but they may be too wide for ¼”.

    You might try hog rings or shoat rings but they might be a little too big around in diameter to cinch up tight.

    It‘s a pain in the butt you can sew them together with a strand of flexible wire. You might need a person on both sides to thread it back and forth.

    As a last resort take two planks and sandwich the ends between them, fixing them together with screws. Clamp the two planks together tightly and put a few screws going through the holes in the hardware cloth from both sides. It should hold really well.
     
  6. jbudin2000

    jbudin2000 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]Excellent suggestions, thank you
     
  7. 3baymares

    3baymares Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I measured it out so that I had support wood at the ends. So, every 3ft. I put a post and then did the wire straight up instead of wrapping it around.
    If you are going around then you would put a support 2x4 across at that point.
     
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  8. ffibyar

    ffibyar Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I was told in one of my questions is for your chickens safety 1/2 is what you want to use.

    The areas I needed to cover were just windows, vents and I made a screen door last week and used 1/2" hardware cloth.

    When I did have to join my chicken wire together, I had smaller size zip ties and lashing wire laying around form doing cable and fiber work years ago. The wire was a stainless steel and I just cut short lengths and twisted them tight to seal the joint.

    That is if it wasn't a place where I couldn't use a 2 by to secure the joint, like 3baymares said. My feeling is the best when it can be used.

    Oh, and as weird as it sounds, I looked it up and a younger mouse can fit through a 1/2" opening. I didn't believe it but it's on the internet so it must be true!!!
     
  9. Urban Flock

    Urban Flock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We used 1/4" hardware cloth on our run. Across the top where it overlapped I whip stitched the seams together with copper wire (what we had on hand). This was time consuming but easy. I don't have to worry about anything squeezing through.
     
  10. BBQJOE

    BBQJOE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Void where prohibited.
    In some places I use screws, but mostly bailing wire.
    I like things easy to take apart when the wife wants to do re-arranging.
     

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