Which hardware cloth is better for quail pen?

Discussion in 'Quail' started by Johnny829, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. Johnny829

    Johnny829 In the Brooder

    Oct 9, 2018
    Hi guys,

    I may need some advises to decide which hardware cloth is better. And by saying better, I mean sturdier, last longer, better at keeping predators away, etc. So I'm planning to build a 9 ft x 9 ft x 6 ft quail pen/run and I'm raising them on the ground.

    Number 1 is 19 gauge, 1/2 mesh opening, no coating. Number 2 is 23 gauge, 1/4 mesh opening and enamel coating. My understanding is that number 1 is thicker but with wider opening and no coating. Number 2 is thinner but with narrower opening and enamel coating. If their prices are basically the same, which one would you prefer to build your quail pen? Thank you.
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  2. BarnhartChickens98

    BarnhartChickens98 Crowing

    Oct 28, 2018
    Manhiem, Pennnsylvania
    I would go with the heavier gauge unless the quail are standing on it, then i would go with the smaller gauge.
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  3. le_bwah

    le_bwah Crowing

    May 1, 2018
    Boise, ID
    My Coop
    The half inch will work for most purposes. Too small to stick a head or wing through, too small for most paws to reach in, plenty of visibility. I used it on my pen and it's holding up fine (minus the rusty corner where the dog always shoves his nose :rolleyes:).

    The heavier gauge is usually better. And you can always coat it with something yourself if you find it isn't holding up (pain in the butt, but might never be necessary).

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