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What mesh should I use to keep chickens?


There are a few different types of mesh that you can use to keep chickens. The best type of mesh for you will depend on a few factors, such as the size of your chickens, the type of predators you have in your area, and your budget.

  • Chicken wire is the most common type of mesh used for chicken coops. It is made of thin, galvanized steel wire that is woven into a hexagonal pattern. Chicken wire is relatively inexpensive and easy to find, but it is not very strong. It can be easily bent or torn by predators, so it is not the best choice if you have large or aggressive predators in your area.
  • Welded wire mesh is made of thicker, galvanized steel wire that is welded together at the intersections. This makes it much stronger than chicken wire, and it is less likely to be bent or torn by predators. Welded wire mesh is also more expensive than chicken wire, but it is a good choice if you have large or aggressive predators in your area.
  • PVC coated wire mesh is made of the same type of wire above but is coated in PVC plastic for aesthetic appearance, but it should be noted that a lot of PVC coated mesh from China is simply poor quality, thinner wire which has not been galvanised properly. The PVC coating hides this until about 6 months of use, and it begins to fall apart.

In addition to the type of mesh, you also need to consider the size of the holes in the mesh. The holes should be small enough to prevent chickens from escaping, but large enough for them to get their food and water. A good rule of thumb is to use mesh with holes that are no larger than 1 inch in diameter.

Once you have chosen the type and size of mesh, you need to install it properly. The mesh should be attached to sturdy posts that are sunk into the ground. The posts should be spaced evenly around the coop, and the mesh should be attached to them with wire or staples.

If you are building a new chicken coop, you can install the mesh before you add the walls. This will make it easier to attach the mesh and will help to ensure that it is secure. If you are adding a chicken run to an existing coop, you can attach the mesh to the existing walls or to posts that you have installed around the coop.

No matter what type of mesh you choose, it is important to inspect it regularly for damage. If the mesh is damaged, it should be repaired or replaced immediately. This will help to keep your chickens safe from predators and will also help to prevent them from escaping.