Chicken Wire Mesh

Cost effective, high quality chicken wire mesh. 

Use for small animal enclosures, chicken coops, fruit cages, general gardening & DIY applications.

Choose from ECONOMY, STANDARD or SUPER grades to suit all budgets and needs. Learn more here.

Key info:

  • Hexagonal mesh in range of sizes
  • Galvanised steel – rust protection
  • Delivered as a roll
  • Lightweight, easy to unravel 
  • Easy to cut & shape

Related: PVC Chicken Wire, All Wire Mesh & Netting

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Product Information: Chicken Wire Mesh



Type Galvanisation Method Properties

Steel wires are pre-galvanised before being woven together to create the netting.

Thinner coating. Lower abrasion & corrosion resistance.
STANDARD Mesh is manufactured, then hot dip galvanised in a protective zinc layer. Thicker, continual coating in all areas, higher strength, higher abrasion & corrosion resistance.


Mesh is manufactured, then hot dip galvanised in a thicker protective zinc layer.

Best quality for professional use. Increased abrasion & corrosion resistance to withstand harsh conditions, incl. beneath the soil. Long lifespan.


Size & Applications

Mesh Size Available In: Use For:
13mm x 13mm Economy & Standard Fruit cages / Bird protection / Keeping out squirrels and larger rodents
25mm x 25mm Economy & Standard Chicken runs / Bird proofing / Fencing / Plastering / Floor screeding
31mm x 31mm Economy / Standard / Super Rabbit protection
50mm x 50mm Economy / Standard / Super Chicken coops / Poultry enclosures / General purpose / Fencing



Property Description
Material & Construction Galvanised steel, hexagonal fencing mesh. Hot dipped in protective zinc coating
Appearance Hexagonal apertures. Metallic grey, silver look
Handling Lightweight & malleable. Easy to cut & shape
Biodegradable No
Protecting exposed steel Rust may occur where new cuts are made if untreated steel is exposed. Protect with galvanised spray or paint
Not suitable for…
  • Full protection from predators (use welded mesh which is stronger with smaller holes)
  • Making an aviary for household birds (use aviary mesh instead)


Installation Instructions


  • With T Posts

  • With Extra Security

To Do Explanation

Step 1 – Mark Area

T post step 1 - mark area


Create a straight line to mark the fence between the two end posts.

Step 2 – Measure Post Distance

T post step 2 - welded wire


Specify the post locations 2 -3m apart by using a tape measure.



For increased stability, reduce the spacing between your fence posts.

Step 3 – Install End Posts

T post step 3 - end posts


Use a post driver or mallet to sink the end posts 50cm into the ground.



To maintain consistent alignment, make sure the holes of the posts are oriented towards each other.

Step 4 – Check for Same Height

T post step 4 - same height


Secure a length of string between the end posts, and then verify that they have been installed at the same height by employing a tape measure.

Step 5 – Check for Straightness

T post step 5 - straightness


Utilise a spirit level to confirm that the posts have been set up perfectly straight.

Step 6 – Set in Concrete (Optional)

T post step 6 - concrete


For a stronger and more secure fence, anchor your posts in concrete. This involves digging a 50cm hole and pouring cement to provide a sturdy foundation for the posts.

Step 7 – Install Middle Posts

T post step 7 - middle posts


For the installation of middle posts, repeat steps 3-6.




Ensure that the posts are oriented in the same direction and have been set up in a consistent manner, being both straight and at the same height.

Step 8 – Install Tension Wire (Optional)

T post step 8 - tensioning wire


When using lightweight mesh, it’s advisable to secure a tension wire between the end posts to prevent any sagging.




Wrap the tension wire around the end posts’ hole and fasten it by twisting the wire’s end with pliers.

Step 9 – Attach Mesh to End Post

T post step 9 - mesh


Fasten the mesh to the end post by employing cable ties, which can be threaded through the post’s pre-drilled holes.




You can increase the number of cable ties to encircle the entire post.

Step 10 – Pull Tight

T post step 10 - pull


Stretch the mesh firmly and then fasten it to the second post using cable ties. Be cautious not to pull it excessively tight.



Continue with this procedure until you reach the final end post.

Step 11 – Attach to Tension Wire (Optional)

T post step 11


If you’ve installed a tension wire, fasten the mesh to it using cable ties, leaving approximately 30-45cm gaps between them.



Attach to: How to:
Wooden Posts


Metal Posts

(Cable ties)



Wire Fence

(Cable ties)


Gauges Explained

The diameter or thickness of the wire is referred to as the gauge (g.). The lower the gauge the thicker the wire.

Our chicken wire is available in:

  • 18g. = 1.2mm dia.
  • 19g. = 1mm dia.
  • 20g. = 0.9mm dia.
  • 22g. = 0.7mm dia.



Can I use galvanised chicken mesh to protect my flowerbeds from digging animals and defecating cats?

Yes. We’d recommend the Super HDG option. Either attach it to posts and surround the flowerbed, or lie the netting flat on the soil and cover with dirt. Once detected by the animal it will likely stop digging.

How do I attach the mesh to my coop?

  • Unravel the netting and use a pair of pliers/cutters to create the desired length.
  • Wearing protective gloves, fold about an inch of the netting over at each end to avoid sharp edges that may harm your birds.
  • Use a staple gun to attach the netting to posts, or to the outside of your coop.