How chicken wire is made


43 Responses to “How chicken wire is made”

  1. Steve Wells says:

    The incredible engineering involved in making something as “simple” as chicken-wire. Thanks Cory.

  2. Cowicide says:

    I get the feeling that chicken wire machine could kill us all if it wanted to.

  3. Erin W says:

    Segments like these were  my favorite part of watching “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” as a child.  Thanks, Cory!

  4. jramboz says:

    So chicken wire ISN’T made from real chickens? Well I suppose that explains the flavor…

  5. Wow, I can honestly say I have never in my entire life wondered how chicken wire is made. That’s not to say I don’t think this is interesting, but it’s something I’ve never even thought about.

    • flosofl says:

      The best part was the realization (upon seeing the first close up), “Even though I’ve never wondered how it was made, THAT’S how it’s done. And why the hell HAVEN’T I wondered how it was made?”

  6. Chuck says:

    Isn’t that what the Enterprise was up against in that Tholian Web episode?

  7. relawson says:

    Q: Know why a chicken coop has two doors?

    A: Because if it had four doors it would be a chicken sedan!

    Chicken wire holds a special place with champions like duct tape, wd-40, and vice grips.

    • Adolph Marx says:

      You must need to get a grip on yer vices…

    • Bill Heffner says:

      Interestingly, most cities now prohibit the use of duct tape in installing or repairing ductwork. It dries out over time, a process which is accelerated by the warmth of heat ducts, and falls off. So the one thing which duct tape no longer ever is, is duct tape.

  8. foobar says:

    That is oddly mesmerizing.

    Edit: dur, I’m an idiot who didn’t read below the video.

  9. Flashman says:

    That’s not chicken wire. It’s a much heavier gauge of wire that they use to make gabion baskets. And if you don’t know what gabion baskets are, well… I guess it doesn’t matter.

    • kartwaffles says:

      Yep, it’s for HESCO’s, although calling them that is kind of like saying “Kleenex” for facial tissues. Oh well. They’re HESCO’s, dang it.

  10. bfarn says:

    I could quite literally watch that forever

  11. Ray V says:

    Also why many predators unravel chicken wire and eat hens.  Best to go with something welded if you’re looking for security at night.  

  12. methodius says:

    The rhythmic noise that machine makes would make a perfect sample for a hip-hop beat.

  13. Mark Stewart says:

    But now the chicken know how it’s made! Posting videos like this threatens our national security. It’s only a matter of time before they create a chicken wire un-looming machine. Then, we’ll be doomed. Doomed I tells ya!

  14. phiis161803 says:

    I agree this is an engineering accomplishment but, i donno, doesn’t it seem to be running a bit slowly?  I’ve seen mints print money much faster.
    I can’t help but think that if someone would need miles of this stuff that at the shown  manufacture rate this chicken wire would be relatively pricey.

    Perhaps is it being run at a lower speed for photographic purposes.

    • spejic says:

       Yeah, but it’s a dead simple machine that doesn’t need a break and it’s doing it constantly 24 hours a day. I looks like it does about an inch a second, but that is over 2000 meters a day. In a week it will be over 9 miles long.

    • glatt1 says:

      I agree.  I was about to make the same comment.  That’s incredibly slow.  I bought a roll of chicken wire fencing in the spring and was wondering how it was made, so I’m pleased to see this video.  But my roll would have taken something like 10 minutes to manufacture.  That’s so long!

    • Bill Heffner says:

      Ever watch a machine make nails? You want fast, I think that might satisfy your need for speed. Wire goes in one end, there are about eight levers flying in from all directions hammering on the wire so fast you can barely see them, and nails fly out into a chute at such high speed they are just a blur. Something like 1000 nails per second. Yes, that’s per second. A 4000# spool of wire feeding the machine lasts only a few minutes.

  15. JIMWICh says:

    The rhythm it makes sounds like a standard blues lick.

    I can bring home the bacon…
    Fry it up in a pan…

  16. winter67uk says:

    Jeez, that whole production setup looks way too accessible. If only there was some way to cordon it off to keep the workers safe? You’d need some sort of light-weight, highly light-permeable, yet strong and flexible barrier material. Don’t know what to suggest….

  17. CountZero says:

    Hypnotic, I love machines like this, the mechanical poetry that goes into making a mundane, everyday object.
    “The rhythmic noise that machine makes would make a perfect sample for a hip-hop beat.”
    Place I used to work OT had an old Heidelberg platten press that was used to cut out printed card for folders and the like, and it had a wonderful rhythm, sort of ‘dum dum dash’ sound exactly like the beat and sound of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’. You could sing the song along with machine perfectly.

  18. edi says:

    who knew chicken wire could be so peaceful?

  19. nixiebunny says:

    As the posters above say, this isn’t chicken wire. It’s a lot bigger, and it’s woven differently.

    Chicken wire has twists that don’t require the wire to be woven as this machine does. The adjacent wires are twisted a couple turns in one direction, then a couple turns in the other direction.

    That said, it is a wonderful machine that would be just fine to listen to all day long.

  20. Antinous / Moderator says:

    Chicken wire is also used in antique bookcases, although it’s probably more accurate to call it rat wire in that case.

  21. Culturedropout says:

    Wow.  That would certainly explain why it’s so darned expensive!

  22. The best rythmicly inspired machine is the overhaed Combination Spin Jenny and Loom. Complex rythms and  a really cool back beat….

  23. stasike says:

    I do not know what you just did to BoingBoing, but, suddenly … videos on the main page work again. For a long time when I clicked on video in Firefox I saw the one that belonged to a post couple of weeks old.
    Now, everything works

  24. Beth Cravens says:

    Makes me miss the time when I worked in manufacturing.

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