Turning the corner with a hardware cloth apron?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Auburnchick, Jun 7, 2011.

  1. Auburnchick

    Auburnchick Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2011
    I have a chain-link dog kennel that I plan to use as my run, but I know it needs some additional work to make it safer. I think an apron of hardware cloth that goes up the sides of the fence and also extends out 2'-3' sounds ideal....but I can't visualize how to make the corners work out. I know I can go straight down the fence line....but then what do I do when I get to the corner? Overlap pieces? If you have any pics or links to pics that would really be great!

  2. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner True BYC Addict

    Feb 2, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    I just overlapped them.
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If time is more important than money, overlap.

    If money is more important than time, extend the hardwarecloth past the end by as far as your hardwarecloth is wide; then butt the next side's hwc against that, "sew" together with galvanized wire, and continue.

    Good luck, have fun,

  4. Auburnchick

    Auburnchick Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 6, 2011
    Thanks! As a total novice, it's so comforting to have experienced chicken-keepers to ask questions of.
  5. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Suggest attaching about a foot of the wire to the wall of the kennel panel and flairing it out for the skirt. This will help keep small birds and fuzzybutts in and prevent reach thrus.
    If the panel is laying on the ground flat, simly attache the HC to the panel and stand it up (this will cause it to fold at the ground and also conform the bend to the terrain, filling in any gags between the rail and the ground.
    If the panels are fastened and up, pre-cut the length needed, lay a board where you want the bend, and simply bend up the wire along the board using it as a straight edge and attach it to the fence ( ideally put the HC on the inside of the chain link to reduce the chance of a chick being trapped)

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