Galvanised mesh/fencing

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Galvanised mesh/fencing

Post: #263186 dave45
Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:51 pm

I fenced in my chicken compound around 3 years ago with galvanised fencing mesh stuff. nearly all of it is now rusted through. The only style of fencing that hasn't rusted is the expensive welded mesh stuff.

Is it possible to get rustproof hexagonal mesh fencing or is it all crap? if so where?

I did try complaining to B+Q but they weren't interested... its gotta be rusty in the shop before they'll do anything.

btw I bought some more today for my fruit cage.... 10 metres it said.... more like 9. but how do you complain after you've half-installed it?

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Re: Galvanised mesh/fencing

Post: #263195 oldjerry
Mon Jun 25, 2012 3:43 am

We've been here before...........Nearly all this stuff comes from China now,and the quality is abysmal .I really dont know if anyone still manufactures it in the UK anymore,but have a play with google and if you find anything,let us know!

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Re: Galvanised mesh/fencing

Post: #263203 The Riff-Raff Element
Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:02 am

oldjerry wrote:We've been here before...........Nearly all this stuff comes from China now,and the quality is abysmal .I really dont know if anyone still manufactures it in the UK anymore,but have a play with google and if you find anything,let us know!


Unhappily so. The plastic covered stuff is marginally better, but the galvanised mash available these days is hopeless.

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Re: Galvanised mesh/fencing

Post: #263208 Odsox
Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:39 am

Yes, I'll second that (or third), if you live by the sea it lasts barely a year before some sections rust through.
I have resorted to plastic mesh in some areas, a lot more expensive but lasts forever, although is easily bitten through ... as in next door's dog chewing it's way through to eat the chicken food. :(
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Re: Galvanised mesh/fencing

Post: #263209 boboff
Mon Jun 25, 2012 8:43 am

We have a number of Farmers places around here, perhaps you should try them, as a farmer isn't going to put up with stuff rusting away. That is where I have bought mine in the past, and I haven't seen any go rusty at all? (In fact some is all tied up in a pile with weed and I wish it would rust away!)
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Re: Galvanised mesh/fencing

Post: #263279 Thomzo
Tue Jun 26, 2012 9:47 am

I bought mine from an agricultural supplier, Countrywide. It's lasted pretty well.

Another option, for a sturdier solution, is to see if your local builders hire shop has any Harris fencing going. It's the stuff they put around building sites, is far more solid than traditional chicken wire, and often gets returned to them bent and damaged so they can't re-use it. Alternatively, scavenge around reclamation yards for sturdy mesh panes, similar to Harris fencing, that is used in warehouses etc as security grills. This is what my chicken run is made from and it's brilliant. The holes are too big but I've covered it with netting which stops the girls poking their heads through.

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Re: Galvanised mesh/fencing

Post: #263286 oldjerry
Tue Jun 26, 2012 10:46 am

The Harris fencing is a REALLY good idea.I've never been able to get enough through old sites\scrap etc even though I've a good mate who's a scaffolder.With a line of electric wire about 4'' high and a foot from the fence,that's about as fox-proof as you're going to get.


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