Is 1" chicken wire small enough for chicks?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by webs66, Aug 9, 2008.

  1. webs66

    webs66 Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 11, 2008
    Rhode Island
    Can someone tell me if 1" chicken wire is small enough to use with chicks, or can they fit through it? We have an old dog kennel I was going to line the bottom of with 1" chicken wire to use as a run during the day when they are small, but I really don't want to be chasing 25 baby chick around to the back yard if they can get out.
  2. ChickenToes

    ChickenToes Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 14, 2008
    NE Wisconsin
    I think they would be able to fit through that for the first week at least, if not a bit longer.
  3. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    May 7, 2007
    Forks, Virginia
    They can climb through easily.

    You would be better off using hardware cloth.
  4. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress

    I agree you need to use hardware cloth.
  5. brahma-momma

    brahma-momma Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 18, 2008
    Burnside, Ky
    we raise standard size brahma's and we have always used the 1in chicken wire and have never had any problems we even built our little brooder cage using it. however I dont know how it would be for a smaller breed of bird.

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