Q Is chicken wire really suitable for fencing chicken runs?
A Andy Cawthray says: Although it is cheap, easy to install and has chicken in the name, chicken wire should be avoided if you are looking to keep predators from decimating your flock. This lightweight, octagonal-shaped wire will keep your chickens in, but it won’t keep the predators out. Predators, whether foxes in the UK or raccoons in the US, can easily bite and dig their way through it to get to the chickens. Chicken wire should only be used in daytime runs where you have direct supervision over your flock.
Chicken wire is not ideal for keeping out predators