Asked by: Debla Rucknagel
asked in category: General Last Updated: 10th June, 2020

Will chicken wire keep mice out?

A mouse can fit through a space of only ¼ inch! Obviously traditional chicken wire will not keep a rodent out of the hen house. You could also cover the bottom portion of the outside of your coop with the hardware cloth, burying it up to 18 inches into the ground.

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Also asked, will chicken wire keep out rats?

As far as exclusion, Messmer said that chicken wire is not a barrier to predators. Most predators can tear through it and rats can bite through the thin wire. Smaller rodents will simply squeeze through the holes. Chicken wire should only be used to keep chickens in, not to keep predators out.

One may also ask, how do I keep mice out of my chicken feeder? Some easy fixes include:

  1. Clean up any spilled feed before nightfall.
  2. Store feed away from the coop. Keep it in a airtight container like our feed drum with the lid always firmly in place.
  3. Remove or securely cover feeders and water source at night.
  4. Invest in a treadle feeder to keep your feed secure.

Similarly, you may ask, can mice chew through wire mesh?

Mice can fit through surprisingly small spaces. As such, we recommend mesh that has a hole size no greater than 6 mm x 6 mm. As a general rule of thumb, if you can get a biro through a hole a mouse can fit through too. The '12 mesh' woven with a 0.56 mm diameter wire is the most flexible and easiest to cut.

Will steel wool keep mice out?

A mixture of steel wool and caulking compound makes a good plug to seal small openings. You can't use steel wool on its own because the mice will be able to pull it out or chew through it. Because of the way it's woven, copper wool is said to get stuck in rodents' teeth, making it difficult to move or chew through.

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