Chicken wire fencing is an inexpensive fence material that was traditionally used to
keep chickens in their coops. Made with cheap wire in a hexagon
pattern, this low-grade fence will keep chickens in, but, it rusts
easily and it won't keep raccoons or other larger animals out.
That's where the name "chicken wire" gets attached to other types of wire fencing. Farmers in search
of a stronger fencing material expanded to use all types of wire
fencing, from galvanized hardware cloth with small ½-inch openings
to rabbit wire with three or four-inch openings and everything in
between. That's why many people call all types of wire mesh fencing
No matter what you call it, it's a budget-friendly option to
keeping small animals -- including the family pet -- in your yard
without closing up the view. Therefore, homeowners also use this
material in gardens and backyards. The trick is to make it look
good. Wire posts, heavy-duty staples and a roll of wire may be
cheap, but it sure can be unsightly. Here are some creative ways to
make a chicken wire fence actually look good.