1. If this is your first time on BYC, we suggest you start with one of these three options:
    Raising Chickens Chicken Coops Join BYC
    Not a member yet? join BYC here & then introduce yourself in our community forum here.

Wire- Size of the spaces?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by Malbri, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. Malbri

    Malbri Songster

    Jan 10, 2008
    Is there anything that can climb and would be able to get through wire thats probably like 1x2"? I can get really cheap strong wire this size, so I thought if it would work it would help my waller alot. Things just reaching through will not be a problem because wood will be 3 feet up, im just worried as far as I know some critters can get through really small spaces.
  2. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master 11 Years

    Feb 8, 2007
    Lots of animals can climb, so make sure the top of your run is covered as well. That type of wire is sturdy so easy to climb on, not like chicken wire.

    I think thats the size wire I used but depening on where you are at, Weasels, Mink, and rats could always be a concern with that size wire I would think.
  3. Quote:...Squirrels too, which are not a predator problem per se, but they will go after chicken feed.

  4. Acre of Blessings

    Acre of Blessings Canning/Sewing Addict

    Apr 3, 2008
    Axton, VA
    My wire fencing is 2x4 and so far I have had no problems. I think you will be o.k with what you are considering on buying.
  5. taratrip

    taratrip In the Brooder

    really 2 x 4 is OK? I am still under construction and have been looking for an alternative to doing the WHOLE run in hardware cloth. I am making the run bigger than I had initially planned so the hardware cloth would be VERY expensive. But I am now thinking maybe going 1/2 up with plywood and then the rest of the way with hw cloth but I was looking at the 1/2" hole size and its more expensive. But if I could get away with 2x4 that would be perfect! I live in south Jersey and we only have possum,coons,rats,groundhogs.
  6. Smoky73

    Smoky73 Lyon Master 11 Years

    Feb 8, 2007
    If thats what you have for predators, I would go with 2x4 also. I take back what I said about me having 1x2, I went and looked and it is 2x4.
  7. fourfeathers

    fourfeathers Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Western Kentucky
    I have rigid 2 x 4 horse fence with another 2 x 4 welded/galvanized fencing layered over that to stagger the holes and make openings smaller....this is on one pen. The other I have the same 2 x 4 fence panels and 1/2" hardware cloth 3' up on that. Dug 12-16" into the ground and laid metal and more fencing to prevent diggers. Netted the top with top flight netting 1" heavy duty, and then set a hot wire around the perimeter of the fence to prevent climbers. So far so good.
    and family of 7 cats, 2 horses, 7 chickens, a saintly dog and special needs house pheasant
  8. TexasJoe

    TexasJoe Taking a break

    Mar 3, 2008
    Most snakse will easily get through 1"x2". A lot of it depends on the predators in your area and IF you have a dog that stays around the cage 24/7. Having a good guard dog should keep most other predators away, so 1"x2" would probably work. Also, you can double layer the both 1-2 feet with chicken wire or carpenters cloth...that should keep most raccoons, possums, mink and whatnot from reaching through the side and getting to your flock.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: