Chicken Wire Fences

Chicken Wire Fencing

Chicken wire, also known as bird wire, hexagonal netting or mesh fencing, is a strong but easy to use material for fencing, reinforcing and other work. Aside from the obvious, chicken wire is useful for a surprising number of practical and decorative purposes.

Materials and Construction of Chicken Wire

Made from galvanised and stainless steel mesh, the wires are twisted or weaved into uniform hexagonal shapes to create an open honeycomb effect. This type of construction gives the strength to an otherwise fairly lightweight material, and protection from the whole fence collapsing or unravelling damaged accidentally. Chicken wire is available in various wire gauges, aperture sizes, roll widths and lengths. Chicken wire can be uncoated or coated with PVC or vinyl for added durability. Coated chicken is available in various colours if aesthetics are important. Rolls of chicken wire are easy to cut down to the size you need, a pair of pliers will do it.

Chicken Wire Cages and Fences

The design and materials of chicken wire make it ideal for what just what the name implies: chicken runs and coops, rabbit hutches, dog kennel runs and bird aviaries. Its good for keeping animals in, but its also great for keeping animals out. In properties with rural boundaries, it creates an effective screen to keep rabbits out away from houses and digging burrows into your lawn.

Other Uses for Chicken Wire Netting

In construction, chicken wire reinforcing in plastering, bricklaying and insulation holds materials in place. Around or over a veggie garden, chicken wire can keep birds and pets away from your crops. Used along a fence line with ties to support plants like tomatoes and cucumbers instead of stakes.

Chicken Wire Crafts

Crafty folk can come up with a number of objects with chicken wire for an industrial or rustic look: hanging baskets, wall art, sculptures and hanging light shades that throw interesting shadows are just a few.