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How to Install Chicken Wire?

Dec. 13, 2022

Chicken wire was actually invented in 1844 by an English blacksmith called Charles Barnard.


He lived in the town of Norwich, which was a weaving town. He applied the basic principles of the loom to wire fencing and created a simple, cheap and easy way to keep small animals and poultry in captivity in one area.


Today, most people use it to keep their flocks in captivity and keep them safe.


In this guide, we will look at the uses of using chicken wire mesh and how to install it.

 Chicken Wire

Chicken Wire

What is the chicken wire?

Chicken wire or netting is a type of wire mesh that is most commonly used for fencing and raising poultry such as chickens, other livestock, and small crops.


What is chicken wire made of? Does it rust?

It is usually made of thin, flexible steel. However, it is very reliable and resists the elements very well. This is because it is galvanized steel. Galvanization means that the steel is coated with a protective zinc coating. This is to protect the actual steel from corrosive substances and thus prevent it from rusting.


What is it used for? What is it best suited for?

Chicken wire is mainly used for the penning and fencing of poultry such as chickens and turkeys, but it can also be used for many other purposes.


Chicken fencing, coops, and runs

Poultry and livestock fencing - e.g. turkeys

Fencing for other small animals or pets - e.g. dogs, rabbits

Garden Fencing

Borders for small vegetable crops or flower beds


Should I use chicken wire? Why?

Chicken wire should be used if you need an inexpensive way to keep your poultry and livestock in a safe environment so they can roam around. It is often used to build inexpensive and spacious cages for small animals. Hexagonal wire mesh is the perfect fence to protect your garden and crops from browsing animals, including chickens, other poultry, rabbits and other small animals or pets.


How do I install chicken wire?

Installing chicken wire is fairly simple and straightforward. You may need a friend to help you, but generally one person can do it.


The tools you will need.

wire cutters


tape measure

A few bricks (or something heavy).


Most videos show you the whole roll of wire being straightened out; this is a good idea if you have a large area, but what if you only want about 10 feet? Unroll the wire to just over the desired length, press the loose end with a brick, and at the specified length, use your wire cutters to cut a section 2 inches longer than needed.


Once cut, fold the cut edge about 1 inch towards the ends, this will avoid sharp edges. Apply this to the top of the frame and staple it along the top, making sure the wire is straight. Now do the same to the bottom edge, pulling the wire tight. Once you have finished the top and bottom you can do the same for both sides, pulling the wire equally tight.


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