Hardware cloth prices

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Kysam, Jan 1, 2011.

  1. Kysam

    Kysam New Egg

    Nov 7, 2010
    Can everyone post what they payed for hardware cloth. I am trying to get a general idea of cost. How wide how long and gauge of wire.
    I am looking for the average price for 6 foot X100 foot 1/2" mesh. Thanks
  2. bburn

    bburn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2010
    Delaware, Arkansas
    Don't quote me because I am not 100% sure on the length....but mine was two foot tall and I think 100' of hardware cloth and I paid right at $60 for it. If everyone goes wild I will ask my DH when he comes in. I did a chicken tractor, an eight foot smaller holding pen (8x2) and have used it for windows in two coops and still have quite a bit left.

    Wear long sleeves and gloves when working with it! I was really scratched up after working with it. Don't know the gauge.
  3. secuono

    secuono Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2010
    20ft I believe, by 36in for $30. Too expensive for me, but I had to get it for making rabbit cages. All else they had was chicken wire and that stuff sucks.
  4. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    I live in Australia where it's like $120 for a frickn 10m (30~ ft) roll.

    I can build an entire chook pen for like $40 if I use scraps... but the mesh always costs me twice that. [​IMG]
  5. gumbii

    gumbii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 7, 2010
    bell gardens, ca
    at my feedstore, i got 36" tall 15' long for 10 bucks... i forgot what gauge... but i'll check later today...
  6. A.T. Hagan

    A.T. Hagan Don't Panic

    Aug 13, 2007
    North/Central Florida
    Eighty cents to a dollar a running foot is typical depending on the width. Gauge varies with the manufacturer. I've gone to buying it in the hundred foot rolls from a local farm supply. Not because it's appreciably cheaper than what I can buy in shorter rolls from places like Lowes and so on, but because it's a heavier gauge than I can find anywhere else.

    As a general rule with any sort of wire or fencing the more metal in the given square foot the more it's going to cost whether it's wires per square foot, gauge of the wire, and especially both.

    I use a lot of hardware cloth because it has great predator resistance and usually lasts a good long while.
  7. Chook-A-Holic

    Chook-A-Holic Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 5, 2009
    Central, N.C.
    I pay $100.00 to $110.00 per roll at Agri Supply or Southern States by buying multiple rolls(48"X100'..19ga). Last year I bought about $1200.00 worth. Worth every dime. I look at it like this...Hardware cloth is a one time investment_Having to keep replacing birds due to insufficient housing/pens is a ongoing expense.
  8. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Another factor affecting price is whether the wire was galvanized before or after welding. Galvanized After Weld wire (GAV) is usually more expensive and is a better product than Galvanized Before Weld (GBW) wire. When the wire is galvanized before welding, the welding process can remove some of the zinc at the weld points, making it more prone to rust there.
  9. gavinandallison

    gavinandallison Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 25, 2010
    Matthews, NC.
    Try ebay, there is a company from Greensboro NC on there, it is not cheap, but worthwhile in the long run!
  10. churchx3

    churchx3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2010
    Something else to consider is what I have used....galvanized metal panels which I have affixed to the bottom of the chain link panels. A bit more $ I believe but it forms a solid barrier on the bottom of the fencing. And if something should decide to try and dig in, they would get sliced up on the metal panels. And it lasts forever! My fence panels are 12 feet long and I bought 12 ft galvanized panels then drilled a hole in the top and bottom of the panels and zip tied them to the fence panels. Very secure.

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