Hardware cloth or chicken wire

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Pmv17, Apr 5, 2019.

  1. Pmv17

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    Our run is going to be a re-purposed dog run made out of chain link fence. We know it needs to be re-inforced a foot below ground and 3ft up. Can we get away with chicken wire? What about over the top which is currently open? Chicken wire or hardware cloth? Our predators are: dogs, coyotes and hawks.
     
  2. Kessel23

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    Hi Hannah
    My dogs have ripped through both before. What type of dogs are you dealing with?
     
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  3. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Pig Whisperer

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    Never use chicken wire. Anything can tear through it. If you lock your birds up at night then I wouldn’t cover the top.
     
  4. jolenesdad

    jolenesdad Crowing

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    If you have prevalent hawks I’d cover the top but netting is fine.
     
  5. Pmv17

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    60# lab mixes. Can they tear through chicken wire over chain link fence?
     
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  6. Pmv17

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    Even over chain link fence?
     
  7. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Pig Whisperer

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    Raccoons can tear right through chicken wire and reach in to grab your birds
     
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  8. Kessel23

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    Hi Hannah
    Any dog can tear up chicken wire easily. We built a little 'puppy holder' sorta thing a few years ago. It was like a chicken tractor without the top that we would put our GSD pups in when customers were trying to pick one out. At 8 weeks old they could already tear through it. The dog that ripped through my HWC on my rabbit hutch was a 80lb GSD.
    It was on the underside of the hutch so he could hardly even get at it and was in a weird position to be tearing wire but still got through it pretty easily. Chicken wire is a joke for keeping out predators, it's a chew toy for dogs. Hardware cloth works alright for the majority of predators, I thought it could stop a dog but it did not last long against mine.
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    Neither did cheap 2x4 welded wire
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    And chicken wire, like I said, is a joke.
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    It's made to keep chickens in, not predators out.
    Chain Link works well because there are no weak spots, welds, that pop when the dog starts ripping on it. An electrical wire works well too, so does dog kennel wire. We use all of it on our dog kennels.
     
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  9. A_Fowl_Guy

    A_Fowl_Guy Pig Whisperer

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    Electrical wire works well on me too. Grabbed a hot wire once. Won’t do it again!
     
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  10. Pmv17

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    Oh wow, ok thank you! We'll use hardware cloth over the chain link.
     
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