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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by catsew, Jul 4, 2011.
What is the exact name of the wire you are supposed to use for the vents and openings on the coop?
"Hardware Cloth" works well.
Around here they call it wire mesh in some stores.
Thanks. I guess I'll start by asking for hardware cloth and then wire mesh if they have no idea what I'm talking about.
Is that something you can get at home depot or is that more of a tractor supply store type product?
Our Home Depot has it in their fencing department.
You should be able to find it there or maybe your local hardware store. Check around for prices this stuff can be quite expensive.
Before buying do a little research. Hardware cloth, especially at Lowes or Home Depot can (and will) be very expensive. Look first here at:
Also it seems that many on the forum are happy with Academy Fencing, which can be seen at:
Their 1/2 x 1/2" 19 gauge wire (which is what Lowes and HD sell) has a very good price.
Oh, but make sure you get the galvanized steel hardware cloth. There is "plastic" hardware cloth that we ended up using around the bottom of our run, temporarily just to make sure the chickens weren't sticking their heads out the chain link. But that stuff is basically tissue paper to any predator, as far as I'm concerned. Have to spend the money and get the good stuff if you are thinking about safety.
Thanks. We're only using it to cover the window/vent openings in the coop, not for the run or anything so we won't need too much. And actually now that you guys told me what it was called we have some laying around from when our building was built, so hopefully its enough and I won't have to buy any.