Hardware Cloth question

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Weasleymum, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. Weasleymum

    Weasleymum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see the use of 1/4" hardware cloth mentioned a lot here-- to line small chicken tractors, inside of windows/vents, etc. What can get in through the 1/2" wire that can't get through the 1/4"?

    I was going to line the run for my tractor with the 1/4" as instructed, but the Lowes here happens to be out of it. I can just wait until they restock, but my husband was asking me why the 1/2" wouldn't work... and I don't know!
     
  2. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Little legs can go thru 1/2 inch. Believe me if you have ever had to shear the meat off a chicks leg trying to get it out of 1/2 inch hardware cloth, you would know EXACTLY why. Please do wait til they restock.
     
  3. pkeeler

    pkeeler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Kristen, why wouldn't you cut the hardware cloth instead of the bird's leg?

    Unless you are using it as a floor in a brooder, I think the 1/2" would be fine. I used 1/2" for the windows in my coop, nothing has gone through. The 1/2" is easier to work with.
     
  4. keljonma

    keljonma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    1/4" is more predator proof. Raccoons can reach through 1/2".
     
  5. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    My reason for getting the 1/4 inch (didn't know about the feet getting stuck) is that we have the entire weasel family up here. The little stoats can smash themselves through a 1/2 inch gap and the kill every chicken in one night. [​IMG]
     
  6. spottedtail

    spottedtail Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have alot of predators up here too.
    The growing pen is made up of 1/2" hardware cloth.
    Nothing has gotten through it in 4 years of use.
    The 1/2" is also stronger wire than the 1/4".

    spot
     
  7. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Our coop windows are covered in 1/2" hardware cloth; I can't imagine a raccoon being able to stick its hand in and do damage. 1/2" is really quite small!
    1/4" may help to keep out mice, though.... if you believe you'll have a problem with that, you might want to get the smaller size.
    ***Just make sure the gauge of the hardcloth is 19 or 18. ***
    Any higher number (which equals a lighter weight cloth) may make it easier for a predator to get into the area.

    Carla
     
  8. Ladysonja

    Ladysonja Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When we were at the Ace Hardware, we saw the 1/4 hard ware and the 1/2 hard ware.

    We picked the 1/2 inch because it looked stronger and they had a 48 inch roll and a 24 inch roll.

    Hope this helps.
     
  9. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Quote:The turkey had it's leg bent at the knee and then shoved through, with the 1/4 inch hardware cloth there wasn't any room to get the wire cutters in there with it's knee too. I applied vaseline and we had to wiggle it out. He had some skin tears but i treated them as soon as we got him loose and he's fine now. But I will say that it was horrible at the time.
     

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