1. What is a chicken wire? How can I benefit from it?
Yes. Two questions at once. This is probably the most basic question that someone could ask and the answer is also a matter of common sense. Still, for people who would ask this question, the answer is this: Chicken wire is a kind of mesh that is made up of metal strands woven together. Its main use is to act as a fence for poultry such as chicken, hence the ‘chicken’ wire. It wards off predators from attacking and reaching the poultry. It also keeps the poultry from escaping.
2. Are there any disadvantages in using chicken wire?
Unfortunately, yes. If you bought a chicken wire with poor quality, it can be easily taken down by predators. Chicken wire is also prone to rusting so constant replacing is needed to maintain its effectiveness.
3. Are there other uses for chicken wire aside from using it as a fence?
Yes. If ever you decide to permanently place your chicken coop at the area you built it, you can use the chicken wire as a base material or foundation for applying the concrete.
4. What are the different sizes of chicken wire?
Chicken wire can be bought in different sizes. It begins at 1/4” to 2 inches or about 5 cm. There are others sizes that include ½ inch up to a whole inch. Always remember, the safety of the poultry also depends on the size of the chicken wire. If the size of the chicken wire is too big, then small arms can be able to reach the poultry causing harm to them. The smaller the size of the chicken wire, the safer the poultry will be.
5. How long should the chicken wire be?
The length of the run determines how long should the chicken wire be. Chicken wire is usually coiled up to 10 feet. Sometimes it can extend up to 250 feet. It is better that you first determine the needed length before you make any chicken wire purchases. Going back and forth to the local store just because the length of the chicken wire you bought is insufficient can be quite taxing. Make sure that you know how much you need before you make any purchases.
6. Where can I buy chicken wire?
Chicken wire can be bought on your local hardware. If you want more options to choose from, you can always search the internet for chicken wire meshes. Searching the internet is also a good way to look for higher quality chicken wires. There are many manufacturing companies who produce high quality products. They are more durable and you can search for better prices. In the internet, there is always more to choose from.