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Ferrier Wire and Design Metals offers a wide variety of wire mesh (weavemesh and weldmesh), perforated metals (design and round hole pattern) and expanded metals for use in a wide variety of industrial, architectural and design applications.  Please contact us to see if we can assist you with your requirements and or would be interested being the subject of a blog post.

4 Frequently Asked Questions About Chicken Wire

May 02, 2023

Chicken wire is a versatile solution for many applications around the home. Made of thin, stainless steel wires in a hexagonal pattern, they are even used in construction to reinforce concrete. However, many homeowners have questions regarding the material. So in this blog post, the 4 most common questions will be addressed.


Popular Questions Regarding Chicken Wire


Is it suitable for gardening and pest control?

Yes, chicken wire is an effective material for both gardening and pest control. When used in the garden, chicken wire will keep out small animals such as rabbits and rodents. It can also be used to support climbing plants. As for pest control, chicken wire with a high mesh count can keep out locusts and other insects.


Are they the best option for chicken coops?

Although the name suggests its use in chicken coops, the truth is chicken wire may not be the ideal choice for this purpose. This is because some predators might be strong enough to break through the wire mesh. Thus, for best protection, consider heavy-duty hardware cloth.

How long does the chicken wire last outside?

Chicken wire is made from galvanized steel, which means it is coated in a zinc oxide layer. This coating protects the steel from rust and corrosion, but it will eventually wear away. The lifespan of chicken wire depends on the thickness of the wire and the environment it is in. For example, a chicken wire that is thin and in a humid climate will not last as long as a thicker wire in a dry climate.


Are they suitable for kennels or pens?

As for using chicken wire to build a kennel or barrier for pets, there are a few things to consider. First, chicken wire is not going to provide much insulation from the cold or heat. Second, chicken wire is also not very durable and can be easily damaged or torn, hence it can turn into a hazard for pets. Go for more robust materials like hardware cloth, especially if the pets are large and inquisitive.

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