Metal vs. plastic hardware cloth?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Zymchix, May 8, 2011.

  1. Zymchix

    Zymchix New Egg

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    I'm wondering about using the plastic 1/2" hardware cloth. I haven't seen anywhere that anyone has used it, so it must not be recommended. But it is SO much cheaper than the metal! We have used it before for other things and it seems to hold up (not deteriorate) fairly well. Why would it not be a good idea to use the plastic??

    Thanks! I have 8 chix very anxious to move out to the new coop / run, so the sooner that cloth is up the better!![​IMG]
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Why would it not be a good idea to use the plastic??

    Plastic is fine as long as you realize it won't stop anything that wants to go through it.

    It's your choice

    Something cheap, or something that actually works​
     
  3. Capvin

    Capvin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Plastic will keep the chickens in, but it will not keep anything out. Nothing..it is useless as a ndeterant against predators. Use the metal.
     
  4. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    Go for the metal as it actually works. [​IMG]
     
  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Plastic hardware cloth, chicken wire......... might stop a chicken from getting out, but no predator protection at all. Less than zero. Go ahead and invest in the best protection possible.

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  6. Zymchix

    Zymchix New Egg

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    OK, makes sense. Thanks!
     

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