1. madmantrapper

    madmantrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    I have read most of the posts on here about the wire. I think I am going to use the 1" hex chicken wire. Mostly because of the cost. My chickens will be in a secure coop during the night. I don't live near any woods or forest. I do a lot of animal control work and never had a call any where close to home except one time a few years ago a lady up the road had some skunks take up residense under a shed. My brother raises pigeons and we have had some trouble with coons eating them, he is about 25 miles from me. I think pigeons are different in the fact that they will try to get away from danger. I don't know why I wrote this, just ranting or bored.

  2. RendonRoo

    RendonRoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2009
    ft. worth
    Chicken wire is designed for keeping chickens in. If you have large dogs in the area they can rip thru it. I used 2x4 welded wire on the outside of my run with chicken wire on the inside. It all depends on the kind of predators you are dealing with. Good Luck
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Well, of course many people do use chickenwire and many have not yet experienced losses. ("yet" being a key word -- and browse the Predators and Pests section of BYC for a bunch of threads indicating what it's like when "yet" finallly comes to town).

    You just have to realize that once you get somebody's loose dog in your yard, or that ONE (only takes one) daytime raccoon or fox wnaders along hungry for something to feed the young'uns, then you are likely to have to replace chickens. (And if it is a fox or raccoon, then they know the buffet is there, and will be more persistant in future...)

    Everybody has their own philosophy about risks of various sorts.

    Good luck,

  4. madmantrapper

    madmantrapper Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2009
    It turns out that I have came across some 1" chain link fence 4 feet tall, about 200 feet. This will make a very nice run. I even got most of the poles I'll need. ALL FREE, I love free.
  5. tinyscrafts

    tinyscrafts Out Of The Brooder

    May 19, 2009
    will a cat be able (or want to) to get into the chicken wire, into my chickens? I have a fenced yard but have an almost feral cat that spends alot of time pooping in my garden beds [​IMG]

    I hate that cat...
    Last edited: May 30, 2009
  6. citalk2much

    citalk2much Twilight Blessings Farm

    Dec 22, 2008
    GR MI: TN bound!
    I know how you feel I priced hardware cloth 3' wide they wanted 2.50 a foot. It is going to be awhile before I get the nice big aviary I wanted. I did luck out and found a little corn crib. It will work for now and when I can afford the aviary I want I will make the cute little crib part of it.
  7. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    SE Iowa
    Here is welded wire.

  8. lunkerchicken

    lunkerchicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine is all chicken wire for now until I can get some reinforcement for the bottom 1/2. I thought of using some 2' or 3' high wooden lattice to cover the bottom section - any thoughts or opinions on that? Certainly cheaper then hardware cloth - geesh, that stuff is expensive!
    Here is my run about 2 weeks ago, I have added a few other items but your get the idea:
  9. SimplyForties

    SimplyForties Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Carroll County, Va
    I'm certainly no expert but I don't know why that lattice wouldn't work over the chicken wire. In fact, I think that's ingenious!

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