Where to get cheap hardware cloth?

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

  1. 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?

  2. Chucken

    Chucken In the Brooder

    May 28, 2011
    NorCal SF East Bay
    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
    New Hampshire
    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.
    Last edited: May 29, 2011
  4. Cpntherfan

    Cpntherfan Songster

    Apr 1, 2011
    Lancaster S.C
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  5. speedy2020

    speedy2020 Songster

    Jul 24, 2010
    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 Chirping

    Mar 19, 2011
    Northern Colorado
    The Great Plains Hardware store has good prices online. Even after shipping it is substantially cheaper than Lowe's or Home Depot.
  7. Quote:Thanks,I added it to my favorites.
  8. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Songster

    Sep 18, 2007
    Pell City, Alabama
    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 In the Brooder

    May 17, 2011
    Cape Cod
    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. 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.

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