Poultry mesh vs hardware wire for run??

trilyn

Songster
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Apr 13, 2009
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Quote:What was the shipping?

I didn't have to pay shipping-I'm picking it up tomorrow. Go to the site and see if they have a branch near you.
Hey, I changed my order to 1/2" it's what I use now for my outdoor pens and it's a heavier gauge. Nothing is getting it's stinky paws through that! Also, saved another 10.00!
 
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trilyn

Songster
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Apr 13, 2009
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Quote:Thanks for the tip Pat, it may be cheap, but it is galvanized! This is from the Grainger's site.
Hardware Cloth,1/2 In,19 Ga,48 Inx50 Ft
Hardware Cloth, Steel, Galvanized, 19 Gauge, Mesh Size 1/2 In, Height 48 In, Length 50 Ft
>More Details... APPROVED VENDOR
1GBC6 1 Today $82.95
 
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Scott

Ozark Bantams
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Apr 11, 2007
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I would certainly suggest hardware cloth/wire. Standard chicken wire does not hold its shape, and its not that strong. For my pens I use galvanized hardware cloth along the sides and 2x4 welded livestock fence on the top. Hardware cloth should not cost that much. At the local hardware stock here it runs a dollar a foot. Or you can get it in pre-cut rolls at home depot. Not only is hardware cloth stronger and longer lasting, but it also looks nicer. Here is how I use it on my pens:



 

HenNewbie

In the Brooder
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May 3, 2009
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Thank you all.

My DH got the hardware cloth/mesh at Home Depot for about $2 per foot. The local farm store quoted the higher price of nearly $9 per foot.

We definately want our girls to be safe and happy layers.

Thanks, again!
 

crazyhen

Crowing
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Aug 26, 2008
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I am so glad you went with the hardware cloth. I have the chicken wire. I have had it for 8 months and already it has begun to rust. If again I would go ahead and purchase the hardware cloth hands down or the 1 inch welded wire. I always lock my coop at night ,so far I have been safe. I hope it last a long time. I am having an addition put on my coop soon and can't aford both now. Enjoy your chicks. Gloria Jean
 

Cindy in PA

Crowing
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Why is hardware cloth (19 gauge) so much stronger than 19 gauge chicken wire? I have hardware cloth and vinyl coated chicken wire & the chicken wire seems much heavier. I always thought the hardware cloth was stronger and was shocked to see most is only 19 gauge whereas welded wire is 14 or 16. Just curious!
 

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