What type of wire should I use for my chicken coop?

Chicken wire would seem like the obvious answer just based on it’s name alone. Unfortunately this is not the case. While chicken wire is great for keeping chicken in or out of any given area, it is terrible keeping hungry predators away. Chicken wire just isn’t all that strong so you shouldn’t trust it. We use two different types of wire, welded wire and hardware cloth. I have placed different pictures of the wire below to give you an idea of what they look like. Welded wire is as thick as a metal coat hanger and has gaps that are 2″ x 4″ wide. This is a tight enough mesh to keep out any animal that might eat your chickens. Some people think (rightly so) that the gaps in the welded wire are wide enough for an animal to reach through and grab a chicken. This might be the case, but most predators that will attach chickens are nocturnal and mainly come around at night when your chickens will be in the coop, where they can’t be pulled threw the wire. Hardware cloth is also a wire (no idea about the name) that is a thiner wire but has a tighter mesh. The gaps on hardware cloth is 1/2″ x 1/2″. Hardware cloth is more expensive and harder to work with. Whichever wire you choose just make sure to buy something that is better than chicken wire.

 

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