Gauging the Situation: Understanding Wire Gauge and Thickness

Another FAQ we get: what thickness is the wire?  Well, let's look into that here.


Wire Gauge and Thickness

Wire Gauge or Thickness, refers to the thickness of the wire itself - the size of the squares (holes) within the mesh is a different subject altogether and something we cover here:-


Standard 19 Gauge Wire (19g)

As standard we use 19 gauge (19g) wire - this equates to wire around 0.91mm thick - often people round this up to 1mm thick wire.

19g Wire Example

I describe 19g as fox-resistant, it'll protect your livestock from a fox attack if used correctly, probably several attacks. 

We consider 19g to be sufficient for chickens and rabbits to be kept safe from predators and this is what we, primarily use.


Now here's the tricky bit: the lower the gauge number, the thicker the wire: so 16g is thicker than 19g.


Extra Strong 16 Gauge Wire (16g)

Now, that said, we do also offer 16 gauge (16g) wire products because there is a lot of material to suggest that to be absolutely predator-proof (i.e. foxes and hawks) that panels should be made with 16g wire.

Check out our super-strong 16g 3ft panels here.

If you've got a serious fox problem, where you've spotted foxes in your garden or there have been fox attacks during the night and your animals are left out overnight, then I'd recommend 16g mesh. 


Custom Panels - any size, any wire

Of course, we can make any panels from 16g wire, jsut get in touch and let us know what you need: or 07799405361



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