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Fence Solutions for Poultry, Ducks & Geese—
What is poultry netting?
An electrifiable, prefabricated, portable fence. Arrives at your door as a complete (except for the energizer) fence with line posts built into each roll. A standard roll (164 ft) inclusive of posts weighs only 23 lbs. White vertical plastic strings are “welded” to black and white electrifiable horizontal strings. They are supported by .60" diameter white plastic PVC posts—which are spaced throughout the netting. Each post has a small, steel spike that’s inserted into the ground for support.
How does netting work?
The horizontals (except for the bottom one which rests on the grass) are energized by a fence energizer (purchased separately). When the birds (and predators on the outside) touch it, they receive a shock from the very brief pulse—and learn to avoid it. The close spacing of the verticals and horizontals (2" x 3" at bird height) creates a physical and visual barrier to birds and their predators.
Why is it popular?
- Arrives via UPS/FedEx/SpeeDee at your door as a complete, preassembled fence. All line posts (not corner posts) are prefitted into each roll.
- Keeps in adult poultry.
- Keeps out 4-footed predators like dogs, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, foxes, opossums and bear.
- Much easier and faster than other fences to install, adjust, relocate and remove. Takes less than 10 minutes to install a roll. Can be done alone but handling the longer rolls is easier with 2 people.
- Flexible. Unlike permanent fences netting is easy to take around corners and curves—and over dips and hills.
- No tools are needed. Plastic step-in posts are enough support for corners and ends. Only hand-tensioning is needed—which explains why it adapts easily to curves, hills and corners.
- Endures. A roll will last 10 seasons if used with care. Its chief “enemies” are lawn mowers and ice/heavy snowfalls.
How proven is it?
Netting has been widely used in the US and Europe for 25 years. Producers now rely upon it.
Invented in England in the 1960s. Premier’s contributions have been:
- Black and white color in 1995 to increase night visibility to humans and animals.
- Enhanced with high conductivity in 2003.
- PermaNet version (with taller, stronger posts) in 2007.
- Larger line posts added in 2010.
- “PLUS” options (have extra posts) in 2011.
How reliable is it?
Very reliable for adult birds that don’t fly—if it’s adequately electrified (at least 3000 volts).
What’s the best energizer?
Poultry, due to the nature of their legs and minimal body weight, have much higher total body resistance to electricity than a cow, horse, pig or dog. And the fence, due to its low-to-the-ground nature, is prone to high weed contact. So low output units (such as many sold in stores because they are cheap) usually disappoint. Wide-impedance energizers are less common but are better choices for poultry than energizers for horses and cattle.
What about grass contact?
Too much is a serious problem as it lowers the voltage of the fence. So:
- When grass gets 6" high mow carefully along the fence. If you mow into the fence your wallet, the mower and the net will all regret it! Turn off the energizer. Move the net into the mown strip by removing and reinstalling one post at a time. This takes about 5 minutes per net.
- Or spray herbicide in a narrow strip under the fence. We prefer burn-down chemicals that don’t kill perennials. No herbicide lasts forever so expect the weeds to return in time.
- Buy an energizer large enough to cope with extra weed contact.
Which is the best height?
While both heights stop most poultry, 48" net is perceived as more secure against coyotes and dogs. The shorter 42" net is lighter and easier to handle when installing and removing. It’s also less expensive.
Note: PoultryNet won’t stop young chicks small enough to crawl through the net openings. For this we make a small inner pen with steel chicken wire.
Single (SS) vs Double Spike (DS)
Posts with 2 spikes are easier to install because you can use foot pressure on the crossbar to install. They also support the net better if the soil becomes very soft.But they cost more, weigh more and can be harder to remove from frozen and dry soils.
To Reduce Risk and Liability…
Are electric fences a serious safety risk to humans?
Because touching an electric fence leaves a vivid and painful memory and the voltages are also high, most assume that the risk to life and limb must also be high. In fact, the opposite is true. Consider that hundreds of thousands of people throughout the world are “exposed” to the millions of electric fences every day—yet electric fences account for (but are not always the cause of) less than one human death or serious injury per year worldwide. Compare that to the number of annual injuries and deaths that occur from human exposure to tractors, skid loaders, ladders, PTO shafts, balers, mowers, combines, bulls, stallions, shotguns, knives, etc. This is not to suggest that there is no risk. There is, indeed, a small level of risk. And with risk, there is also liability to the fence’s owner.
What NOT to do!
- Never place your head near an electrified wire. Accidental head or neck contact can occur when pushing a voltage probe into the soil or when checking voltage. Be very careful when you do so to avoid head-to-wire contact!
- Never allow anyone else to touch a modern electric fence. It is not a game!
- Instruct all visitors and children to never touch electric fencing.
Warning: In 1991 an accidental fatality occurred when a young child’s head contacted an electrified fence while the child was crawling on wet grass. The fence was correctly installed and functioning properly. The energizer was a UL approved unit. As a result, Premier strongly advises against allowing toddlers access to any electrified fences. Also, due to this incident and others, experts now suggest that human contact by an energized wire to the head and neck may be the most dangerous point of contact. We urge all to especially avoid this kind of contact.