Ann asked in Home & GardenDo It Yourself (DIY) · 10 months ago

How can I manipulate the hole size of chicken wire to make a cage that rats can't fit through? (twist/cut? add a layer of screen?)?

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  • 9 months ago

    Buy 1/4" galvanized hardware cloth from any home and garden or farm supply store.

  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Chicken wire has too big of holes.  You want to go smaller.  If a nickel goes through, so can the rats.  So you are looking for a different mesh wire now that you know the size you got to get smaller than..And it has to be metal wire.

  • roger
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Use  hardware  cloth instead.    1/2" or  1/4 inch holes.

  • 10 months ago

    If the holes are large enough for rats to fit though, what you are using IS NOT chicken wire. You could use 2 layers with the second layer offset from the first so the opening is smaller.

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  • 10 months ago

    Use "hardware cloth" which is a screen of square openings around 1/4" to 1/2". The wire is also a bit heavier than chicken wire which might be better to contain rats.

  • elhigh
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    Don't use chicken wire. As a general rule if a rat can get its head through the hole, the rest of the body will go too. A small rat can get its head through chicken wire, no problem.

    1/2" or smaller mesh or hardware cloth is a better choice for your project.

  • 10 months ago

    use 1/4" mesh wire instead ... comes in 30 inch wide rolls at my home improvement store. it is also thicker wire than the stuff used in chicken wire, so rats likely cant chew or cut through it with their teeth

    Source(s): grampa
  • 10 months ago

    Buy wire with smaller holes. It's called 'hardware cloth'. Screen is useless. Rats could chew through it in no time.

  • User
    Lv 7
    10 months ago

    By buying smaller grid-size chicken wire.(As far as I know it would be WAY too much work to attempt to rework the chicken wire so that it had smaller holes. I envision doubling up on the wire, offsetting it 50% in both horizontal and vertical directions and then welding it *at every cross joint* so as to cut the hole diameter by half).

    Get the 13 mm (1/2") chicken wire. (Rats can "compress" their bodies to squeeze through pretty small holes.)

    https://www.chicken-wire.org/chicken_wire/galvaniz...

    but note that even that is not likely to be entirely successful:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebs0UlnbiEM

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    https://backyardchickenproject.com/how-to-get-rid-...

  • 10 months ago

    Fold it over and arrange it so that you are cutting the size of the holes in half when you fold it.  Do it several times if needed. 

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