Why hardware cloth? What's the benefit?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by DangerChickenHouse, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. DangerChickenHouse

    DangerChickenHouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    It's sooo expensive! Why not just chicken wire?
  2. saddina

    saddina Internally Deranged

    May 2, 2009
    Desert, CA
    Quote:Because raccoons, and other predators can rip thru chicken wire and eat your flock.
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Hardware cloth is MUCH stronger, especially when attached with screws and washers.

    Read a bit in the predators section- chicken wire is for keeping chickens in, not for keeping predators out.
  4. ErinG

    ErinG Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 6, 2010
    Not the place to skimp on costs unfortunately. It is expensive, but it is an investment.
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Quote:Because raccoons, and other predators can rip thru chicken wire and eat your flock.

    x2. Trust us.

    Dogs can take out chicken wire quite easily, too. It's called chicken wire because it keeps chickens in or out, not predators.
  6. SallyF

    SallyF Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 5, 2009
    Middle Tennessee
    Raccoons can reach through chicken wire and grab any part of a chicken they can reach. They can pull baby chicks right through the wire. Chicken wire is a fairly thin gauge twisted wire and can be easily torn by heavier animals, such as coyotes or dogs. Hardware cloth is a welded wire which usually has smaller openings and is stronger. You get what you pay for!
    The only time I use chicken wire is for temporary pens inside a stronger structure. It also works as a wrap-around for a chain-link structure, so the coons can't reach through the chain link.
  7. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    I just invested in a dog kennel for a run. It's strong metal and we haven't had any issues with predators breaking in. If you want added protection, you can bury some wire or bricks around the kennel to prevent them from digging under.
  8. hencackle

    hencackle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2007
    Telford, TN
    Those little raccoon "hands" are deceptively strong! Our county fair always has a wildlife exhibit which includes raccoons. I knelt down to allow the raccoon to reach through and grab finger and oh wow, what a grip...that told me I was glad to have hardware cloth over the window openings.
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The first time you find a dead, headless chicken dismembered through chicken wire,you will understand the necessity of hardware cloth.
  10. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Quote:I have 3 dog kennel chain link runs. The tops are covered with wire/chain link and the bottoms are surrounded by hardware cloth. I really beefed them up a lot when I set them. I was pretty sad and sickened to find a beheaded, gutted chicken inside the run the other day, with feathers all around the outside. Apparently, we finally have a raccoon out here in the sticks, after 7 years of no raccoons. And it attacked during the day.

    They really need major reinforcement to truly keep predators out. I have faced dogs, foxes, fisher cats (minks) and opossums, and now raccons. Biggest shock was seeing how well a fox can climb and wiggle in!

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