, or poultry netting
, is a mesh
, generally used for making fences
. It is made of thin, flexible galvanized
wire, with hexagonal
gaps. Available in 1 inch (about 2.5 cm) diameter, 2 inch (about 5 cm) and 1/2 inch (about 1.3 cm), chicken wire is available in various wire gauges usually 19 gauge (about 1 mm wire) to 22 gauge (about 0.7 mm wire)
In construction, chicken wire is used as a matrix to hold cement or plaster, in a process known as stuccoing. Concrete reinforced with chicken wire yields ferrocement, a versatile construction material.
It can also be used as a security measure in musical venues to protect the musicians from things being thrown, as seen in the 1980 film The Blues Brothers.
Psychologist Harry Harlow
used chicken wire to create "surrogate mothers" for rhesus monkeys
. In experiments, the wire "mothers" tended to inspire less affection than cloth "mothers" despite being equipped with "nipples" supplying "milk."
Filmmaker Steven Spielberg claims that the animatronics puppet for E.T. "was made out of brown Play-Doh and chicken wire" in a teaser trailer for the film Bee Movie.
In chemistry, molecules with fused carbon rings are often compared to chicken wire — see chicken wire (chemistry).
In photonics, the chicken-wire effect is a predominant pattern of low transmission lines between multifiber bundles in a fiberoptic used to couple the intensifier tube to the CCD sensor. The lines have a pattern similar to that of chicken wire.