4 Best Uses for Chicken Wire

Chicken wire is inexpensive, durable and has many uses in both home and commercial settings. Here are 4 of its best uses. 

1. Fence in Poultry

There are many informational websites and books on how to raise chickens in your own backyard. Before you begin building a coop using chicken wire, check the local zoning laws to make sure you are allowed to have chickens on your property. Next, choose a blueprint and construct a coop. When it is time to attach the chicken wire, bury it at least 1 foot deep to ward against animals that will try to burrow or dig their way into the coop.

Some common predators and pests the chickens may attract are raccoons, foxes and skunks. Check the Internet for instructions for making traps using chicken wire and other scrap materials from the construction of your coop.   

2. Defend Your Garden and Flower Beds Against Animals

Chicken wire can be used to protect plants in a number of ways. To stop animals from burrowing underneath flowerbeds, first line the bottom of the flowerbed with chicken wire. Then cover it with a layer of soil. This method works for vegetable gardens too, but bury it deep enough to provide root vegetables with room to grow.

Deer are also repelled by using chicken wire. This is because animals with split hooves find it difficult to walk on it. To start, roll out strips of chicken wire around the perimeter of your garden or flowerbeds. Next, make sure the chicken wire is laying flat and fasten it to the ground with u-shaped hooks. Either make your own hooks out of wire or buy them. This barrier is almost invisible, so do not forget to remove it before you mow the lawn!

Finally, if you grow catnip, cover the top of the area where it is planted with chicken wire to protect the roots and ensure a healthy crop every year.

3. Make a Trellis to Maximize Space in a Greenhouse

Instead of allowing your cucumbers to spread out and take up valuable space in your greenhouse, try letting them “grow up.” First, build a wood frame and staple chicken wire to it. The chicken wire must be stretched tightly so it can support your plants. Second, place the frame against a wall or make a base so it stands up in the middle of your greenhouse. Now you are ready to plant. You can also do this for tomatoes and other vine plants.

4. Stucco

Chicken wire is a common base for stucco. Stucco is a light-weight wall finish used for interior and exterior applications. Many homes and business in the Southwest have stucco exteriors because of its durability and resistance to moisture. First, select a chicken wire that is either galvanized or coated to prevent rust. Then, once you have prepared the wall and put up the chicken wire base, there are three coats: the scratch coat, the brown coat, and the finish coat. The curing process and time for the stucco mix is very similar to concrete, so set aside several days for your project.