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Fence Solutions for Poultry, Ducks & Geese
What is poultry netting?
An electrifiable, prefabricated, portable fence. Arrives complete with built-in line posts. (Fence will also need an energizer with a ground rod.) A 164 ft standard roll inclusive of line posts weighs only 23 lbs. Vertical plastic strings are welded to black and white (or yellow) conductors. 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 soil for support.
How does netting work?
The horizontals (except for the bottom one that rests on the grass) are energized by a fence energizer (purchased separately). When birds (and predators on the outside) touch it, they receive a shock from the brief electric pulse—and learn to avoid it. The close spacing of the verticals and horizontals (2"x3" at bird height) creates a physical and visual barrier to adult birds and their predators. Strings are used for verticals in order to reduce overall weight.
Why is it so popular?
- Arrives via UPS/FedEx/SpeeDee at your door as a complete, preassembled fence. Line posts are prefitted into each roll.
- Keeps in adult poultry.
- Keeps out 4-footed predators (if properly energized) 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.
- Flexible. Unlike permanent fences, netting is easy to install around corners and curves, into valleys and over 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?
Energized poultry 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.
- Increased conductivity 1000% in 2003.
- Released PermaNet® Plus version in 2007.
- Added Plus option (extra posts) in 2011.
- Added FiberTuff™ support posts in 2013.
- Drivable posts (in select nets) in 2015.
How reliable is it?
Very reliable for adult birds that don't fly (or have clipped wings)—if it's properly electrified (at least 3000 volts). Not suited for chicks, ducklings and other young/small birds (they can slip through the small openings).
What's the best energizer?
Wide-impedance energizers are less common but are better choices for poultry than energizers for horses and cattle. Why? Because 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 those sold in farm stores) usually disappoint. We recommend using a 0.5 joule unit or larger for up to 3 to 4 rolls of PoultryNet®. The 0.25 joule units will work for 1 to 2 rolls of netting if grass contact is kept to an absolute minimum.
What about grass contact?
This is netting's biggest negative. Too much green grass or weed contact lowers the voltage of the fence. So:
- When grass gets 6" high, turn off the energizer. Mow along the fence. If you mow into the fence, your wallet, the mower and the net will all regret it! Move the net into the mowed strip by removing and reinstalling one post at a time. Turn on the energizer. Takes 5 minutes per net.
- Or spray herbicide in a narrow strip under the fence. No herbicide lasts forever so expect the weeds to return in time. We prefer burn-down chemicals that don't kill perennials.
- Or buy an energizer large enough to cope with extra weed contact.
Which is the best height?
While both heights stop most poultry, the 48" net is perceived as more secure against coyotes and dogs. However, 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 birds small enough to slip through the 2" x 3" net openings. So, for the first weeks when birds are small, we suggest keeping them inside the coop or making a small temporary pen with NoShock Chick Fence inside the electrified netting for predator protection. Also look to Shock-Or-Not™—a multi-purpose electric poultry net fence with a non-electrifiable chick-tight mesh along the bottom. This combination allows you to use the enclosure as a non-electrified day pen for small birds, or electrified for effective predator protection day and night or NoShock™ Hen Pen—best when used as a monitored day pen for adult birds and chicks. Allows you to move your flock to fresh grass quickly and easily. Features a built-in step-through gate.
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.
Fence Solutions for backyards and pastures…
- Backyard Chickens
- Often called the gateway livestock, chickens take up little room, provide meat and eggs, and put marginal land and lawns to good use. Small flocks are easy to keep in the backyard. They’re happy with a little room to roam and protection from predators. But be careful, small poultry enterprises can escalate in size before you know it!
- Garden Helpers
- Chickens are omnivores, which means they eat plants, vegetables, insects and anything else that crosses their path. When managed well, they are an indispensable garden tool—turning pesky insects and weeds into rich compost. Be sure to fence the birds away from the sections of the garden you want to save for yourselves. They enjoy fresh produce too!
- Predator Protection
- Chickens and other poultry rely on you for their safety and defense. It’s your job to protect them from predators. Foxes, coyotes, dogs, raccoons, opossums and skunks are stopped by properly installed, energized electric netting. Netting must be properly energized in order to stop predators in their tracks!
- Pastured Poultry
- Is just what it says it is—raising poultry directly on fresh grass or pasture. Birds receive grain and are able to forage. Depending on the type of production, housing involves low to the ground broiler pens and chicken tractors or egg-mobiles.
- Rotational Grazing
- Can be simply explained as moving poultry between grazing paddocks (pastures or yards) every set number of days or as needed. After an area is foraged, it is left alone to rest until the next rotation. Poultry usually follow the grazing pattern of another type of livestock (sheep, cattle, goats, pigs). The birds clean up any spilled grain (if used) and scratch and distribute manure patties of the larger animals. The flock is protected from ground based predators by electrified netting and fence energizers. The predators receive a memorable shock and learn to stay away from the flock.
To Reduce Risk and Liability...
Are electric fences a serious safety risk to humans?
Because touching an electric fence is painful and the voltages are high, most assume that the risks from an energized fence must also be high. That's a myth. Consider that millions of people throughout the world are "exposed" to millions of electric fences every day—yet they are involved in (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, rifles, shotguns, knives, etc. This is not to suggest that there is no risk at all. 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 or upper spine near an electrified wire. Accidental head or neck contact can occur when pushing a voltage probe into the soil. Be careful when doing so to avoid head-to-wire contact!
- Never attempt to step over or climb through an energized fence of any kind.
- Never encourage anyone to touch an electric fence.
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.