Pen Construction? Where can I buy hardwire mesh.

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Northeastdude, May 1, 2009.

  1. Northeastdude

    Northeastdude Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2009
    I'd like to build a simple sturdy wire and wood pen. Where do you guys usually buy hardwire mesh? I have coyotes near me, usually not in the backyard, but cannot hurt to be careful.
  2. Stormdog

    Stormdog Out Of The Brooder

    May 1, 2009
    Central Indiana

    I had a similar situation and great success with "diamond steel mesh" from Lowe's.

    It comes in sections 8ft long by 27 inches wide for about $8 per section. It's used in masonry... probably concrete reinforcement. It's sturdy (about 1/8 thick), and a small mesh. Very strong, but won't rust. Top and bottom edges are smooth along the 8 ft. Cuts easily with snips.

    I built a circular exercise area for our 2 ducks out of this and steel U-posts, using zip-ties to hold the mesh in place. 2 sheets high makes the pen about 45 inches tall (with overlap).

    The gate was the best part, though. I found that if I rip through 1 side of a 3/4 inch pvc pipe, I can slide it over the edges of the mesh. The pvc is cheap, easy to work with and adds a lot of rigid strength to the gate. Also eliminates any sharp edges.

    Don't know exactly what kind of pen you need, but I can testify that this is the strongest and easiest stuff to work with that I've found.

    Let me know how it works out for you!
  3. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    You can get hardware cloth at almost any hardware store, plus most farm and home stores. I saw some at Orscheln's the other day.
  4. Northeastdude

    Northeastdude Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 29, 2009
    I was thinking of stapling panels of hardware cloth to wooden frames about 6 ft high by 20 feet long. To fashion as rectangular pen. I plan on keeping 12 ducks.

    Thanks I'll check out lowes and home depot.
  5. buckeye lady

    buckeye lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2008
    Rootstown Ohio
    TSC. Tractor Supply Company.
  6. giffy

    giffy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 2, 2008
  7. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 22, 2008
    Annetta Kentucky
    Quote:yup, just came from there, oogled at the chicks a bit and threw chick food and layer pellets in the cart. When i walked out i saw they had all sorts of fencing material .
  8. jbowen9

    jbowen9 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    southwest Virginia
    Quote:Hey stormdog i also use that also for some of just small cages it is called metal lath used for stucco and rock laying and it is usually found in the lumber department in lowe's at the concrete its about the right height for small cages like rabbits and such great stuff hope this helps someone [​IMG]
  9. cowman910

    cowman910 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 1, 2009
    Suffolk County,NY
    WARNING: before you walk into any TSC just remember they have live(most of the time) chicks and ducklings. be prepared to either fight the temptation or set up a brooder! [​IMG]
  10. JStark

    JStark Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 10, 2009
    The warning about TSC is correct...

    I'm a huge fan of OSH, and here they have aviary wire (1/2") at 48" widths for 1.70 per linear foot.

    However, if you aren't as freaked out/paranoid about rats getting in, then you could get 1", and it's cheaper, I think around a buck a foot for 48" wide.

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