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Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by seminolewind, Sep 14, 2007.

  1. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    Corydon, Indiana
    How does one work with chicken wire fencing, the one inch space one? It just won't behave, it won't stay flat. Karen
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    You roll and staple as you go. Not much else you can do. Now if you think 1" chicken wire is bad... try 2 or 3 inch wire... doesn't even hold shape!
  3. kelly

    kelly Songster

    Aug 15, 2007
    I was told to take like a broom handle (something long like that) and weave it through the wire then pull.

  4. rufus

    rufus Crowing

    May 17, 2007
    For what it is worth, we used to stretch and then tack it down with fence staples. Then we would nail a lath over it.
    Critters could pull the chicken wire off if they worked on it one by one one on the fence staples. We never had a problem with them getting it off after we went to nailing the lath over the stapled area.

  5. I think I do something like Rufus does:

    I tack it in place about every 3" along one side of the frame.

    Then, I cut it about a foot longer than the frame to which I'm attaching it, and wrap it around a 2x2. I then tack it to the 2x2. Wrapping it around the 2x2 prevents unbalanced stretching.

    Depending on the frame to which it is attached, I get help with a come-along, tie the 2x2 to my bumper and get a lot of tension on the wire, or I just ask a friend to pull on the 2x2 for all they're worth, while I screw in a lath strip to the other side of the frame.

    Not sure if what I just said is comprehensible; sure hope so.
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2007
  6. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    Corydon, Indiana
    I'll try the stick thing to stretch it. It does stretch unevenly, Thanks

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