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GUIDE: Wire Gauges Explained

Struggling to know or understand which wire you need for the job at-hand?  We've got you covered with this handy guide explaining what wire gauge is and which gauge is most suitable for various different applications, such as chicken and rabbit fencing, tree guards, dog fencing, bird aviaries and deer fencing.

What is wire gauge?

Wire gauge is the measurement of the diameter, or thickness, of wire, determining the amount of electric current a wire can safely carry, as well as its electrical resistance and weight.  The main point to take home is that the larger the number, the smaller the wire.  A 20-gauge wire, for example, is thinner than a 9-gauge wire. 

Which gauge is best for my application?

Generally, a low-gauged, thicker wire is best used for heavy animals that will test the strength of a fence by pressing into the wire such as foxes and dogs.  High-gauged, thinner wire is most effective with small, lightweight animals, making it the ideal choice for chicken runs, rabbit protection and bird aviaries.

Check out the dimensions and products available for each gauge below:

British Standard Wire Gauges Dimensions (Inches) Dimensions (MM) Products Available
6 gauge 0.162" 4.11mm Premium Panels
10 gauge 0.128" 3.25mm Standard Panels
12 gauge 0.104" 2.64mm Wire Mesh Rolls / PVC Panels
14 gauge 0.08" 2.03mm Wire Mesh Rolls
15 gauge 0.072" 1.83mm Wire Mesh Rolls
16 gauge 0.064" 1.63mm Wire Mesh Rolls
17 gauge 0.056 1.42mm Wire Mesh Rolls
18 gauge 0.048" 1.2mm Wire Mesh Rolls
19 gauge 0.04" 1.02mm Wire Mesh Rolls / Small Wire Panels
20 gauge 0.036" 0.91mm Hexagonal Chicken Wire
22 gauge 0.028" 0.71mm Hexagonal Chicken Wire


If you have any other questions or queries about our wire products, please contact us on sales@sure-green.com or 01376 503869.

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