Where to get wide hardware cloth?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by dhughes, Apr 14, 2011.

  1. dhughes

    dhughes New Egg

    Mar 16, 2011
    Hi, I'm working to build my first chicken coop. There are some screen grabs out of autocad at the bottom of this post for those interested.

    The issue I have is that there are two openings in the run that are 72"x72" and 72"x80" respectively. I kinda assumed I could get 72" wide hardware cloth, but I've been unable to find it. If needed, I can break up those gaps into smaller areas, but I'd rather not.

    Do you happen to have any suggestions on where I could either find this wide hardware cloth or, perhaps, a different material I could use?

    (Update, I had used the img tag here, but for some reason the images aren't showing up so here are links to the images instead.)






    Last edited: Apr 14, 2011
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If you are willing to buy a whole 50' roll, you can get hardware cloth (and other sizes of welded wire mesh) up to 6' wide by special-order.... talk to the people behind the desk at your local farm/feed store, hardwarestore, or even the contractor desk at Home Depot type outfits. Not everyone will be willing/able to special order it for you, but SOMEone probably can.

    Otherwise you will have to either sew together the edges of two 3' pieces (very carefuly and securely, using galvanized steel electric-fence wire, or a whole lot of J-clips) or run a wooden crosspiece to back up the seam.

    Good luck, have fun,

  3. dsqard

    dsqard Crazy "L" Farms

    Jun 11, 2010
    York PA
    I am assuming that you are planning on doing the run portion with the cloth? I don't think you can get it that wide but you could put strips of the cloth up and "sew" them together with wire or zip ties. Hope that helps.
  4. dhughes

    dhughes New Egg

    Mar 16, 2011
    Thanks for the tips! I'm a bit picky about appearances, so I don't really want to sew sheets together. I will try at a hardware and feed store to see if I can't special order what I'm looking for. I also found a supplier online, but they look like they supply to companies, not individuals. If worse comes to worse, I'll split those large openings up with cross members.

    Oh, and yes, that's for the run, not for the actual coop area.

    Thanks again!
  5. swatskee

    swatskee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 19, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    Someone posted this on another thread. I contacted them and they got back to me right away.


    They have 2' , 3' , & 4'

    I got a shipping quote from them for a 2' x 100' (1/4") roll from their facility to Cleveland for $30 (shipping only).
  6. dhughes

    dhughes New Egg

    Mar 16, 2011
    Yea, I did a bit more digging and found some other threads on byc that linked to some good resources. I'm currently looking at this: http://www.twpinc.com/twpinc/products/TWPCAT_COON/p_002X002D0630W60T

    problem is I'd need two of those rolls and the shipping isn't cheap either. So I'm currently thinking about just breaking these big areas down with a 2x4 and buying 36" wide rolls or something similar.

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