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I have been keeping chickens for quite a long period. I always had to have a watchful eye for foxes praying on my dear chickens. Fencing in my chickens was the only solution. And I came up with some systems to keep the predators at bay.
Putting up a chicken wire fence wasn’t always easy and cheap but a man’s got to do what a man’s got to do.
Building high metal fences up to 180 centimeters or 70 inches was one of the ways I went about to keep the chickens in and keep the foxes out. This was a really good system but it cost me a lot of money and it wasn’t expandable. Nor was it movable.
Every time I wanted to change something I had to break down a part of the fence. And then I had to rebuild that part from scratch.
So, I was looking for something that was easily manageable and lightweight. I bought my first poultry netting.
This non-electric fence was nothing for my chickens. They ran up to it until it fell down. And they could roam freely in between my vegetables. That was something I really didn’t like.
Then I finally made the decision to invest in some good fencing and that’s when I came across electric poultry netting.
What is this electric poultry netting I’m talking about?
- It’s a highly visible chicken wire fence. People and animals both can see it from quite a good distance.
- It is 48 inches tall or 1.20 meters tall and has a length of 82 feet or 25 meters.
- The starter kit has a length of 100 feet or 30 meters.
- It’s made of 12 horizontal lines or strands that have a mesh size of 2 inches by 3 inches or 5 centimeters by 7.5 centimeters. The mesh size progressively increases in spacing towards the top.
- The top 11 strands of 12 contain stainless steel conductors woven into polyethylene strands. This is where the electricity will flow through.
- The molded plastic beads, that are non-slip, connect the horizontal strands with the vertical ones.
- 15 millimeter or .60 inch diameter PVC posts are pre-fitted into the fence at 13.5 feet or 4.10 centimeters. The posts have a 6 inch or 15-centimeter long spike that can be put into the soil immediately.
- Approximately 0.25 joule of energizer per roll of fence is advised. Use only low or wide impedance intermittent pulse energizers.
- For optimum results, the fencing supplies company recommends using a Premier Solar or AC/DC energizer that fits your specific needs. It goes up to 0.30 joule.
- The fencing supplies business also recommends using non-conductive support posts at corners and at the end. You should see the Premier 48″ Fiber Tuff posts.
Do NOT use continuous current energizers with electric netting.
Why this chicken netting is useful.
- This electric netting will contain poultry, ducks, sheep, goats and other smaller livestock.
- The chicken fence will repel raccoons, foxes, coyotes, dogs, skunks, opossums and bears WHEN PROPERLY ENERGIZED.
- This electric fencing for chickens installs in less than 15 minutes.
- Multiple rolls of chicken netting are easily clipped together by a powerclip at the end of the electric fencing.
- It’s a portable system that can easily be adapted.
Negatives about this chicken wire fence.
- It’s quite expensive to buy everything you need to start out. The total kit, which I would advise, costs around 500 dollars. So that’s not cheap at all.
- Chickens tend to jump up high when frightened and sometimes they just jump over it. Once they are over the fence, there’s no way to get back in.
- Keep the weeds and the grasses really short for good conduction. So, it does take some weekly tasks to keep everything good and thriving.
- It’s necessary on some occasions to put more posts because the netting can hang low at certain points
- rocky soil will mess up your plans by not letting you stake the posts.
Who is this fencing for?
- Anyone who wants to keep their animals away from predators.
- People who like to let their animals roam semi-free.
- If you want to keep your chickens away from your vegetable field, this electric chicken netting is for you.
- People who want to be able to move their chicken coop around without any problem.
electric fencing for chickens FAQ
I don’t have enough electric conductivity
Acceptable levels of electric conductivity on the fence can be difficult when low soil moisture conditions are present. If dry soil conditions occur frequently, a Pos/Neg (P/N) version of netting fence is strongly advised
How come my birds don’t seem to be bothered by the electric fence?
The fence must be properly energized to be effective. See answer above if you have dry soil.
Keep the weeds and grasses cut where the posts touch the soil. Not doing so can result in a loss of power.
what energizer should I use?
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