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Wire gauge sizes

Uses for different Wire Gauges in Chicken Wire and Wire Mesh

Owing to production methods, products within our website have the following tolerances on wire thickness.
Netting +/- 15%
Welded wire +/- 10%
Woven Wire +/- 5%

Many welded meshes can run out of square by 3-5%. This is common throughout the industry.
If it is crutial that mesh is completely square please call as we do stock some European made meshes, which are made to more exacting standards.

common uses of mesh and netting.

Less than 22 gauge -
Fine Stainless woven mesh:
Material and chemical filtration

22 gauge
Chicken wire 13mm aperture:
Uses: Poultry enclosures and fruit cages, sculpting.
Fine welded or woven mesh:
Uses: Rodent protection and wild bird feeders.

20 gauge
Chicken wire 25mm aperture:
Uses: Poultry enclosures, roof thatching, loft insulation mesh

19 gauge

Chicken wire 50 mm aperture:
Uses: Poultry enclosures.
Rabbit netting 31 mm aperture:
Uses: Rabbit protection
Welded mesh 13mm – 25mm:
Uses: Small bird aviaries, pet rabbit runs etc.

18 gauge
Uses: Poultry enclosures, rabbit protection (if 31mm hole netting)
Welded mesh 13mm – 25mm:
Uses: Small bird aviaries, pet rabbit runs etc.

16 gauge
Welded mesh 13mm – 25mm:
Uses: Small bird aviaries, pet rabbit runs etc.
Welded mesh 13mm– 20 mm aperture
Uses: Rodent cages and parakeet aviaries.
Welded mesh 25mm aperture
Uses: Cat enclosures, squirrel protection,
Birds of Prey Aviaries. Tree guards.
Welded mesh 50mm aperture
Uses: Garden fencing. Small-dog enclosures.
Woven Stainless steel 6mm – 13mm.
Uses: Car radiator grills, filtration.

14 gauge
Welded mesh 25mm - 50mm aperture.
Uses: Garden fencing. Medium-dog enclosures, fox protection,
Sheep, Deer & goat fencing.

12 gauge
Welded mesh 50 mm aperture:
Uses: Security fencing, garden fencing,
large-dog enclosures, sheep, deer & goat fencing.

10 gauge
Welded mesh 50mm aperture
Uses: Security fencing,
strong garden fencing, large-dog enclosures.

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