Is Screen Patio Wire strong enough?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by carollwood, Apr 1, 2018.

  1. carollwood

    carollwood In the Brooder

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    Going to build a run and want to put it up against my screen patio wall because 1) it'll be less wiring to buy and 2) It will be one less side for predators to dig under. However, could an animal chew through it and get to the chickens? From touch, it seems sturdy but its not a tough metal like hardware wire. Main predators I fear are hawks and raccoons. What do you guys think? photo5046583068562925527.jpg photo5046583068562925526.jpg
     
  2. X_and_Z

    X_and_Z Chirping

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    Raccoons will rip right through that & rodents will chew through it as well.
     
  3. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Free Ranging

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    Not sure what it is but if it is fiberglass or plastic, it isn't nearly strong enough.
    Hardware cloth and expanded metal are both strong enough and with small enough openings to keep the smallest predators out.
     
  4. carollwood

    carollwood In the Brooder

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    What if I still used that wall but simply covered the screen part in hardware cloth? I'm not sure how I'd keep it up but I guess there has to be some solution..
     
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Not sure you want your run right against your screen wall.
    I'd put it at least 2-3 feet away, so you can maintain both the screen porch wall and the run wall with relative ease.
     
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  6. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    If you have chickens in that area you will not have any grass...

    JT
     
  7. carollwood

    carollwood In the Brooder

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    Thats a good point; but what maintenance would I even need to do for my run wall?
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    Have no clue, it's just not a good idea to put two structures so close together, blocking access to both.
     
  9. carollwood

    carollwood In the Brooder

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    good point, I'll keep that in mind.
     
  10. jthornton

    jthornton Crowing

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    If you need to replace some screen you would need access to it.

    JT
     
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