Is Chicken Wire "Bad"

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by MrsRevDr, May 13, 2011.

  1. MrsRevDr

    MrsRevDr Out Of The Brooder

    May 10, 2011
    We have moved somewhere that the previous owners had chickens (at least 10 years ago) the outside run has two wood walls and a roof (this is at the end of barn) and it's covered with chicken wire. The inside is about 10x20 with chicken wire over the windows...should I recover this or can I assume it will hold for me too?
  2. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Chicken wire is only good for keeping chickens inside (or outside) but really bad for using to secure a coop against predators.

    I would remove the chicken wire and replace it with hardware cloth.
  3. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    Quote:X2. Read this for a bit that might help you find your potential security threats.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    It's not "bad", it just is what it is. Which ain't especially predatorproof.

    If you are okay with not especially predatorproof, then it is fine for you.

    If you would rather use something that has the ability to *physically prevent* dogs or raccoons or whatever from ripping thru the fence and eating chickens, then it is not a very good choice.

    If it were me, I'd replace the chickenwire with something stronger (even if just 2x4 welded wire fencing with chickenwire added to the bottom 2-3', plus a digproof apron which could if necessary be chickenwire although welded wire is somewhat better). But, that's just me and everyone has their own priorities and feelings about things, and there is no need for us to all feel alike [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,


BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by