Chicken wire, or poultry netting, is a wire mesh commonly used to fence in chickens or build a chicken coop. This is the same exact product as Hex Netting, but since it is more commonly known as Chicken Wire, we sell it under that name as well. It’s made of thin, flexible, 20 gauge galvanized steel wire with hexagonal gaps. Available in 1 inch (about 2.5 cm) diameter and 2 inch (about 5 cm). Chicken wire is occasionally used to build inexpensive pens for small animals (or to protect plants and property from animals) though the thinness and zinc content of galvanized wire may be inappropriate for animals prone to gnawing and will not keep out predators. Hardware cloth or Welded Wire are stronger alternatives.
In construction, chicken wire or hardware cloth is used as a metal lath to hold cement or plaster, a process known as stuccoing. Concrete reinforced with chicken wire or hardware cloth yields ferrocement, a versatile construction material. It can also be used to make the armature for a papier-mâché sculpture, when relatively high strength is needed.