Where to get cheap hardware cloth?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by hensandchickscolorado, May 29, 2011.

  1. hensandchickscolorado

    hensandchickscolorado Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Man, is hardware cloth expensive!

    And I have a lot of it to buy if to build a 4x10 (or so) run with an apron and reinforce the bottom of a fence.

    I've only been to the big box hardware stores and I've found a few deals on Amazon...but is there a secret way to buy some inexpensive hardware cloth that I don't know about?

    Everyone keeps talking about how inexpensive it is to build coops...but from what I can see, most coops have a lot of hardware cloth. How is eveyone building so cheaply??

    And--what is the best way to cut the stuff?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Chucken

    Chucken Out Of The Brooder

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    I started attaching 1/2" hardware cloth to the coop/run I am making for my daughter and used wire side cutters. Cut right through it.
     
  3. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
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    There is no cheap hardware cloth that I know of. But I bought mine at my local family owned Blue Seal Feed, and because I shop there a lot and because I was buying a large quantity, they did give me a discount on it, so it's worth asking if you're buying a substantial amount. Turned out to be much cheaper than at Lowe's or the bigger places.

    PS: And yes, wire cutters or tin snips cut right through it easily.
     
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  4. Cpntherfan

    Cpntherfan Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The best place is craigslist. I purchased for roll 4'x150' for $60 poultry wire. I share 2 rolls with other and keep the 2.
     
  6. chicken995

    chicken995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The Great Plains Hardware store has good prices online. Even after shipping it is substantially cheaper than Lowe's or Home Depot.
     
  7. rebel-rousing-at-night

    rebel-rousing-at-night Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Thanks,I added it to my favorites.
     
  8. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've also seen where people have used the lath cloth that you put up before stuccoing a house or wall. It's cheaper by far.
     
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  9. reddog1970

    reddog1970 Out Of The Brooder

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    The CNS link is a really good price, just not sure how much shipping will add to it. I bought mine at Lowes and it wasn't cheap. It made my run cost almost as much as my coop. I bought (6) 36" x 25' rolls of 1/2'.
     
  10. georgiagail

    georgiagail Chillin' With My Peeps

    CSN offers free shipping on their hardware cloth. That's a considerable savings aside from the actual cost of the product.

    We bought our first roll of 36", 100 foot locally for around $140. The second one (from CSN) was under $100.

    Gail
     
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