Advice on chicken wire please

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Advice on chicken wire please

Post by organic chick » 23 Jul 2013, 20:30

We are just embarking on a home made walk-in run. We have read up and know about depth, burying etc. etc. We are still a tad confused by all the mesh out there though and wonder what is the best type to get please?
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Re: Advice on chicken wire please

Post by subruss » 23 Jul 2013, 21:12

Its about how much you want to spend and how secure you want the run to be, most wire fencing is good but with some pros and cons, ie the bigger the holes the more rodents, small birds and small predators can get in, too small a hole and it will restrict your view of them and the heavier it is the more expensive it is but it will last longer. assess what problems you are likley to have in your area check your wallet and take your pick :thumbright:

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Post by drfish » 24 Jul 2013, 10:34

1" square will keep all but mice out. Mice can fit through a 7mm gap though, I know this from owning them. Mice don't eat enough to be an issue though, and will serve as food for the chickens if they spot them.

Gauge 18 or less is good, most wire will be 18 or 16. 20 is too thin and will break easily if a fox chomps on it. Gauge 18 or less is over 1mm thick wire (it works backwards, where 1 is strongest and 28 is weakest/thinnest)

Make sure it's weld mesh, not twined mesh.

That's about it really. Some good deals to be had on flea-bay. I find 'Devons' where most people get it from to be a bit expensive and rarely have the stock in that I want.
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Post by Diane » 26 Jul 2013, 11:31

A tip - if you paint the wire mesh with black paint such as Hammerite - you will be able to see the chickens better. The eye doesn't seem to register the black - it just looks straight through. Good for taking pics of the chooks or for just gazing at them in their run, through the window (or is that just me?) :oops:

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Post by drfish » 26 Jul 2013, 12:51

Diane wrote:A tip - if you paint the wire mesh with black paint such as Hammerite - you will be able to see the chickens better. The eye doesn't seem to register the black - it just looks straight through. Good for taking pics of the chooks or for just gazing at them in their run, through the window (or is that just me?) :oops:
Never thought of that, good call.

Probably due to the black absorbing all the light, whereas silver would reflect most of it, thus causing more glare.

Might have to try that. :thumbright:
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Re: Advice on chicken wire please

Post by sunnys » 26 Jul 2013, 16:13

importent thing is that it is weldmesh not chicken wire. a fox can go through chicken wire in seconds. its only good for keeping chickens in- it does not keep preditors out

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Re: Advice on chicken wire please

Post by organic chick » 31 Jul 2013, 21:17

Thanks everyone. Advice noted.
Penny and Freckles - the WArren Girls'
Star and Flopsy (the latter of the floppy comb) both members of the White Star Faction.
Fedora and Florence the Cream Legbars
Emily (see Emily lay) and Erica the Light Sussex babes
1 current husband aka the structural engineer
1 large organic allotment
The Lady Isabella Pickford-Fiennes, a feline of distinction and excellent mouser

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