Should I use 1/2" hardware cloth instead of chicken wire?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by birdy_num_nums, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. birdy_num_nums

    birdy_num_nums In the Brooder

    May 28, 2008
    I am trying to plan my coop to be completely predator-proof (is there really such a thing?) and am wondering what you all suggest for covering vents and windows- can I use regular chicken wire/poultry netting, or should I opt for hardware cloth? And if so, is 1/2" the best size to get?

    Thank you so much for helping a newbie!
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    1/2" hardware cloth is a lot sturdier than any hexagon weave chicken wire.

    1/2" is small enough that a racoon or cat can't sneak a paw through, and would also deter any snakes large enough to eat chicks or eggs.
  3. Anny

    Anny Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Detroit Michigan
    Yes go with the Hardware cloth. I think most of the people on here will agree. MUCH MUCH stronger and safer. Chicken wire holes are to big, and it's far to weak.
  4. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    N. Louisiana
    Oh, yes, definitely.
  5. CarlaRiggs

    CarlaRiggs Songster

    It depends on the gauge of the wire.... if the hardware cloth is an 18 or 19 then it will be sturdy. Some of the hardware cloth comes in a gauge strength of 22; very weak stuff!

    The same can be said for chicken wire. I purchased 1" hexagon stucco wire with an 18 gauge strength. This is for their daytime run, so I don't particularly worry about raccoons reaching in for a chick through the wire.

    Just check the gauge of the wire!

  6. Lea71

    Lea71 Songster

    TSC has 1/2 inch, 36" by 5 foot rolls of hardware cloth on clearance right now. I just picked up 10 rolls last night to finish my run. Saved about $3.50 per roll....just thought I'd let you know. [​IMG]
  7. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Yes, for sure, definitely. Put all thoughts of chickenwire out of your dear head!
  8. bwhite28

    bwhite28 In the Brooder

    Apr 7, 2007
    Southeastern PA
    Definitely hardware cloth.
  9. MoonbeamQueen

    MoonbeamQueen Songster

    Apr 26, 2008
    Meadow Vista
    I submit another vote for the hardware cloth. I used chicken wire years ago when I first had chickens and the coons could just reach right in and pull them out. :mad:Many birds later we finally got smart and the hardware cloth is the way to go!
  10. shangri-lafarms

    shangri-lafarms Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    NY-Upstate Adirondacks
    YES!!!!!! 1/2" hardware cloth is the way to go.....That's how my coop is and I also have a cement floor with cement blocks stacked three high for the bottom of my coop, this is great for cleaning, and my run is outdoors. The hardware cloth really cuts down on minks and fox getting in....[​IMG]

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