What kind of Hardware Cloth to buy?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by riverpie, Dec 25, 2011.

  1. riverpie

    riverpie Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 6, 2010
    Is there a better gauge or size I should buy in hardware cloth? Something tried to get in the coop last night, it looks like dog paw prints and it made a hole in the chicken wire but we have possums and racoons around lately too. Everything is closed today but if the chick makes it through tonight I'm going to buy some hardware cloth tomorrow. I want to make sure I get the right type. Let me know what will work best. Thanks.
  2. fowlsessed

    fowlsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2011
    east Tennessee
    The heavier gauge one would be better. Most will work just fine.
    Last edited: Dec 25, 2011
  3. NC ChickenKate

    NC ChickenKate Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2011
    Wilmington, NC
    I used both 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch...anything larger than that a small racoon or possum can get their tiny hands through...and mama coon will tell baby coon to do exactly that and then they grasp the curious chicken and pull pieces of it through the openings...usually starting with the tail feathers.
    Until you can get to the store I'd use plywood, barbed wire, plastic sheeting...anything to plug the hole cause they'll more than likely be back the second night to finish the job. Maybe rig something up that rings bells or tin cans with pennies in them to alert you to what is going on?
    I then knitted the wire ends together with the wire the hardware cloth comes wrapped in so the critters can't find any opening...your coop may now be on the "cruise by every night to see what's on the menu" trail.
  4. LiLRedCV

    LiLRedCV Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 25, 2010
    Land of the Rain
    I wouldn't use anything larger than a 1/2" on the hardware cloth as anything larger than that and critters can fit their paws through to grab your flock. When I built my very first coop, I used a combination of the 1/4" (for ventilation windows inside the coop) and 1/2" for the run. From reading here, I knew chicken wire wasn't all the strong or predator proof, so I avoided it right off the bat. In all the time I've had chickens, I've never had an issue with a predator breaking in... However, my neighbors across the way from us and that use chicken wire have had repeat visitors.
  5. fowlsessed

    fowlsessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 16, 2011
    east Tennessee
    I've known coons to rip right threw chicken wire. Not something you want to use for your coop or run.
  6. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Overrun With Chickens

    May 8, 2007
    I like 1/2" hardware cloth in the heaviest gauge they have. The 1/2" is small enough to keep out raccoon paws, the smallest of the weasels and rats. The weave is close enough to also keep the stronger animals from getting a grip with their jaws. If you go down to 1/4", it usually comes in a finer gauge wire. It does keep out mice, but I don't worry about that on my coop windows and vents.

    We usually attach it with wood screws and washers. Some people use screws through a strip of wood.
  7. Stark

    Stark Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 29, 2010
    For what it's worth I'd second the heavy gauge 1/2" wire for the reason WoodlandWoman mentioned. I had outdoor rabbit hutches for many years and lost two of my best when a loose dog ripped right through 1/4" wire. Dog was a neighbor's 75-80lb German Shepherd so a pretty strong animal, but if one can do it... Course that all depends on how protected your coop area is but just something to keep in mind.
  8. pacific23

    pacific23 Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 25, 2011
    Whitesboro , TX
  9. VelvettFog

    VelvettFog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2011
    Yakima, WA
  10. larsonll

    larsonll Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2011
    West Georgia
    I just ordered the 0.5 inch from Wayfair of 36 inches by 100 feet for just under $100 with free shipping. Hoping it's heavy gauge enough but likely clearly better than 4 x 2 inch vinyl coated wire!

    That's great pricing for the entire run if its heavy enough gauge!

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