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Hardware Cloth

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by navyvet, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. navyvet

    navyvet In the Brooder

    Jan 21, 2011
    I am getting a pre-fab coop for my chickens. (Not good with carpentry tools) It is approx 63" wide X 26"deep with run. I would like to put 1/2x1/2 hardware cloth down to keep the predators from digging under. Not sure how to attach cloth to coop and run frame. Should I bury it around coop and run and if so how deep should it be. Any hepl would be greaty apperciated.

  2. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    You could attach it with heavy duty staples. Easy to find them and the staple gun at your nearest hardware store. Have to wait for someone else to post on how deep to bury the cloth. I wouldn't want to tell you wrong. [​IMG]
  3. babalubird

    babalubird Songster

    Jul 21, 2008
    You might want to look for 1/2"x1" rabbit cage wire instead. It has rounded edges, is made primarily to be the bottom of rabbit cages so that it doesn't cut their feet and still allows fairly sizeable globs of poop to pass through. Personally I would never want an animal walking on hardware cloth because it is sharp-edged. IThe rabbit wire is also a little stronger than the hardware cloth.

    There's a right side and a wrong side to go up under the chickens' feet. Hopefully your feed store person can tell you.

    You would most easily find the rabbit cage wire at a feed store or they can probably order some for you.

    Just food for thought.
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Long staples would work, or screws w/largish washers. Some have even your pop (or beer) bottle lids as washers.

    I'd say bury at least a foot deep - up to 18". You can also do a skirt, which would most likely be easier...
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Do an apron. It's easier than burying it and just as effective. Make the apron 24" wide of 1/4-1/2" hardware cloth. And don't use staples. Use washers and screw it to the frame. Staples are a serious weak point. I used them on my first coop and something just ripped them out like they weren't even there.

    Good luck.
  6. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Songster

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX
    Never use the wimpy staple gun staples. Those things are for hanging construction paper on a corkboard. Also, do not use the heavy duty fence staples. Those things are for hanging farm fence from 4x4 posts.

    You really need to use screws and washers to secure hardware cloth.
  7. theFox

    theFox Songster

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    You should actually encase the hardware cloth between two wood pieces using screws or ridged nails driven at multiple angles. This prevents a critter like a raccoon from peeling apart where it meets up with the framing. The multiple angled fastening can also be used with trim boards to prevent peeling back joints in a coop's wall.

    Do not use staples of any sort unless they are covered.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2011

  8. Pinky

    Pinky Songster

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    I've buried hardware cloth 1-2 ft in the ground and nothing has dug under it. A gopher tortoise tried and was unsuccessful.
  9. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    Use "poultry staples"
    They are made especially for the purpose of attaching small fencing
  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Crowing

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    I've buried hardware cloth 1-2 ft in the ground and nothing has dug under it.

    Laying it flat on the ground serves the same purpose and YOU don't have to dig either​

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