Will an electric staple gun work?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Destinee's Dozen, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. Destinee's Dozen

    Destinee's Dozen In the Brooder

    Aug 28, 2009
    Bell, Florida
    Has anyone ever used an electric staple gun to staple chicken wire to post? If so, what is the best kind to get?
    Thank you

  2. Stumper

    Stumper In the Brooder

    Dec 16, 2009
    Fayetteville Arkansas
    As long as it drives the staple all the way in, I see no problem with it.. Your air staplers are alot more powerful and you have a wider range of larger staples to choose from... Better safe than sorry if its a security issue..[​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2009
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    I used to staple chicken wire to posts, but eventually discovered that chicken wire is to keep chickens in- it does no good at keeping predators out. But if you are doing something else with it, any stapler will do, manual or electric.

    For predators, welded wire with screws and washers, and an electric fence outside that.
  4. Roy

    Roy Songster

    Jun 20, 2007
    Central Illinois
    I would not use staples, I have used them in the past and they just don't hold well enough. If a coon graps the chicken wire (which I wouln't use either) they can pull the staples out easily. I use welded wire and "U" shaped nails. Me and my girls sleep good at night...
  5. RocketDad

    RocketDad Songster

    Jul 25, 2008
    Near US 287
    I used an electric T50 to put the chicken wire on the frame for my run. I hammered a few poultry staples at the corners and middles, just for extra security, but the wire itself is flimsy enough that any outside attacker is just going to rip it away from the staples.

    There a a couple of models of electric T50 - one that claims to be heavier duty than the other, comes with a blow-mold case and costs quite a bit more. Looking at them, it seems they both have the same internals, so I went for the cheaper one. It worked fine and I haven't killed it yet.

    Use a lot of staples, and go back with a hammer and make sure they're seated. They don't always get punched down all the way, especially the longer staples. If you start at the middle of the panel and work your way to the edges you can get a neat and tidy look. Don't be afraid to pull on the mesh to tighten it up as you go -- it will look much better if it's not saggy.
  6. rancher hicks

    rancher hicks Crowing

    Feb 28, 2009
    Syracuse, NY
    Is it really worth taking a chance? Aren't your birds worth the extra work?
    Yeah I know you think they are. Love ya rancher [​IMG]
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2009
  7. Destinee's Dozen

    Destinee's Dozen In the Brooder

    Aug 28, 2009
    Bell, Florida
    Thank you for all the replies. I quess I will use the u shaped staples again on the new coop. I was just hoping there was something better and quicker available.

  8. PhilErvin

    PhilErvin Songster

    Sep 11, 2009
    Yucaipa, CA
  9. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Well...I'm too paranoid about the security of just chicken wire, so I don't use it. However, if you are using chicken wire, staples do come in handy for quickly tacking down wire. It then makes much shorter work of u-nailing it down securely (or doing what Phil suggested). It helped me a lot when I was putting on the hardware cloth...
  10. CoyoteMagic

    CoyoteMagic RIP ?-2014

    We have raccoon the size of a small truck around here. Chicken wire wouldn't hold them back.

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