Hardware cloth vs expanded metal?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BYC60586, Mar 15, 2017.

  1. BYC60586

    BYC60586 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello all,

    We are in the planning process for our coop. Research has shown that 1/2" hardware cloth is the preferred product for openings on the coop and run. What are your thoughts on using 1/2" expanded metal as an alternative? I know cost wise expanded metal is more expensive than hardware cloth but I already have the expanded metal on hand. Also the material I have is 18ga 1/2" flattened material. Here is a link to a pic http://www.zx-expandedmetal.com/ut/product/201433110122714.jpg

    TIA for any feedback.
     
  2. ScottandSam

    ScottandSam I'm still here. Premium Member

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    We will see if anyone else chimes in but I personally would use it granted there are no sharp edges.

    Scott
     
  3. seanengler

    seanengler Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used expanded steel as the floor to my egg mobile and I ended up having to coat it with a rubberized spray. The metal edges were cutting the heck out of my hens' feet. I do like it better than hardware cloth because it is thicker gauge and can take more of a beating when it comes to scraping it clean and hosing out etc. Not to mention the birds' weight. Lowes and Home Depot sell some good easy to apply products.
     

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