The Complete Guide to Chicken Wire Mesh

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Hi DIYers and garden enthusiasts! We're delving deeply into the fascinating realm of chicken wire today. This tutorial contains all the information you need to know about chicken wire, chicken wire mesh, and chicken wire fence, regardless of your experience level. We will discuss its functions, what it is, how much it should cost, and other topics.

What Is Chicken Wire?

Often referred to as "chicken wire mesh," chicken wire is a type of woven mesh made primarily of galvanised steel wire. Its distinctive hexagonal weave pattern enhances the shape's natural harmony of strength and flexibility. It's more than just a decorative feature. Because of its unique shape, the mesh is made to withstand pressure from all directions, giving it both durability and adaptability.

In the past, chicken wire became a useful tool for raising poultry since it offered a cheap way to confine hens. But its usefulness soon outgrew its original intent. While crafters and painters valued its malleability for creative creations, gardeners started to notice its promise as a lightweight protective barrier for plants. It was used as a reinforcing layer in buildings, giving plaster walls and other construction materials solidity.

Contemporary versions of chicken wire now come in a variety of coatings and materials, like PVC for increased durability or even copper and stainless steel for certain uses. Chicken wire has come a long way from its modest origins in poultry confinement to a wide range of useful applications, demonstrating its durability and versatility.

The Development of Chain Wire Fences

A more durable version of the traditional chicken wire mesh, the chicken wire fence is made for tougher uses. It's great for making garden barriers, shielding vegetable patches from pests, and even making garden decorations—in addition to keeping your hens under control. Because of its resilience, it can withstand the elements and the test of time.

Tips for Cutting Chicken Wire

Although cutting chicken wire may appear simple, doing it right assures accuracy and safety. Here's a comprehensive tutorial to help you become an expert at cutting chicken wire:

1.Getting ready

Materials: assemble all required supplies before starting. This contains safety goggles, a tape measure, a marker or chalk, wire cutters or tin snips, and the chicken wire roll.

Prioritising safety: To avoid cuts, always handle chicken wire while wearing gloves. Gloves offer a protective barrier against the sharp edges of the wire. To protect your eyes from any tiny wire fragments that can fly up during the cutting operation, safety eyewear is also a must.

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Ascertain the dimensions: Choose the necessary chicken wire piece's length and breadth. This will mostly depend on what your project needs.

Make a note of the wire: Lay the chicken wire out on a level, sturdy surface. Mark the measurements on the chicken wire with a tape measure, marker, or chalk. Make sure your markings are legible and unambiguous.

3.The process of cutting

Starting point: Choose a corner of the area you have highlighted to start. Starting at an edge rather than the centre is typically easier.

Using wire cutters: Firmly hold the grips of the wire cutter. In order to cut as close to a junction in the hexagonal shape as possible, place the cutter blades around the wire where the cut is to be made. Sharp edges are reduced as a result.

Cutting nonstop: As you cut along your drawn lines, make sure the chicken wire mesh stays taut and flat. This will improve the accuracy and efficiency of the cutting operation.

Tin snips: The procedure is comparable if you use tin snips. For longer cuts, tin snips may be more effective since they can cover a wider region.


Check edges: Check for any sharp protruding wires by running your gloved hand along the edges after cutting.

Fold sharp ends: Using pliers, fold any sharp ends back or twist them into the wire's main body. This guarantees security when dealing later on.

Flatten the wire: After being cut, chicken wire, particularly if it was rolled, has a tendency to coil up. To make it easier to deal with for your project, lay it flat and smooth it out using your hands or a hefty item.


Roll extra wire: For storage, neatly roll up any extra chicken wire. To avoid unintentional harm while handling, make sure the sliced edges are on the inside of the roll the next time.

Label: It's a good idea to label any chicken wire that you have in different sizes or varieties. In this manner, you can quickly recognise them for upcoming tasks.

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How to Join a Hedge with Chicken Wire?

Attaching chicken wire to a hedge can be an excellent method to give it more structure, keep pests out of the hedge, or even support climbing plants. The following is a thorough, step-by-step tutorial to guarantee a safe and successful attachment:


Materials: Gather all the necessary materials. This comprises garden stakes, wire cutters, gloves, a tape measure, round fence posts, garden ties or twine, and a rubber mallet or hammer.

Safety: To prevent cuts, always handle chicken wire while wearing gloves. When using a hammer or rubber mallet, safety eyewear can shield your eyes from any flying fragments.

2.Calculation and reduction

Calculate the hedge: Measure the height and length of the area of the hedge that you want to cover with a tape measure.

Cut and mark the wire: On a level surface, roll out the chicken wire mesh. Mark the needed dimensions on the mesh based on your measurements. Cut the chicken wire with wire cutters, being sure to leave some extra for adjustments and overlaps on each side.

3.Placing the chicken wire

Against the hedge: Make sure the chicken wire is correctly positioned from top to bottom by holding it up against the hedge. This step might be simpler if you have assistance.

Think about the growth: Hedges do, after all, grow. Make sure there is enough space for the hedge to grow between the wire and the hedge.

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4.Securing the chicken wire

Garden stakes or poles: These will be used to support the chicken wire. Along the entire length of the hedge, drive the stakes into the ground at regular intervals. Stakes can be spaced anywhere between one and two metres, although this is often a fair rule of thumb.

Connect the wire: Using garden ties, cable ties, or twine, fasten the chicken wire, beginning at one end, to the first stake. Make sure it's just barely tight enough. Proceed to fasten the chicken wire to every stake, making sure it stays taut all the way.

Ground anchoring: To provide additional stability, particularly in windy regions, insert steel U-pins or pegs into the ground at the base of the chicken wire to secure the wire.

5.Modifications and completion

Trim extra wire: After the chicken wire is firmly in place, trim any extra wire from the top or sides with wire cutters.

Secure loose ends: To guarantee safety and a tidy look, fold back any sharp edges or protruding wires with pliers or fasten them with garden ties.

6.Additional tips

For climbing plants: Make sure the holes in the mesh are big enough for the plants to wriggle through, but not so big that they can't receive enough support if you're using the chicken wire to support climbing plants on the hedge.

Maintenance: To make sure the chicken wire stays firmly in place, periodically inspect the connection places, particularly after severe weather. As the hedge develops, you may need to expand or make adjustments to the chicken wire.


When it comes to DIY projects or gardening, chicken wire is an essential tool for a wide range of applications. It's a favourite because of its affordability, resilience, and adaptability.

Please keep in mind that we are here to assist you at every stage of your gardening endeavours. Happy gardening, and never forget that we are always a click away for any questions or requirements!


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