Electric Poultry Netting Advice
Electric Poultry Netting
Chicken netting is the ideal fencing option for either keeping a few birds in a domestic setting, or for larger free ranging flocks, especially for those of us who prefer a flexible solution which can be moved and stored easily and has a low visual impact.
Available in dark green to be unobtrusive, a 50m Poultry Net has 14 integral posts and one gate post allowing a small section of net to be hinged out for access.
A roll of Poultry Netting pack includes:
15 Posts (9 posts in a 25m net; 6 in the 16m net)
13 Galvanised Ground Pegs
4 Corner Guy Pegs
Small Repair Kit
You just need to add an energiser, a battery if battery powered and HT cable if mains powered, and an earth stake.
How electric poultry netting works
The netting is manufactured as a polyurethane cord (plastic string) with metal filaments running through the horizontal strands (apart from the bottom base line) and this is mounted on to PVC posts. To electrify the fence an electric fence energiser is connected to the net, and to the ground via a long metal earth stake, this forms an open circuit.
When an animal comes into contact with the net whilst its feet are on the ground it completes the circuit and gets a shock. This is why the net itself does not need to be erected in a loop and can be placed in a straight line if required. The electric fence energiser produces a high voltage pulse approximately once every second.
Foxes, like most animals, investigate unfamiliar additions to their environment and it is at this point the shock is delivered. Although the net is not of insurmountable height (it is highly unlikely that a fox will attempt to jump that high), once the animal has been shocked, the net will be a psychological barrier and the animal will be unlikely to attempt to go further
Considerations for using poultry netting effectively
As the live lines of poultry netting are often very close to the ground they are susceptible to 'leakage' (shorting). The bottom line is not live but all other horizontal lines are. Shorts happen where undergrowth could complete the loop and draw power from the fence to ground.
We recommend a minimum of 3,000v on your chicken fence to provide an effective deterrent. The higher the joule rating on your energiser the greater level of 'leakage' your system will cope with and still maintain an effective voltage.
The key is trying to keep the live lines clear of external contacts e.g. grass, twigs, stones, wooden posts. This can be difficult, especially on undulating ground as your bottom line is effectively covering a shorter linear distance to the top line which causes the net to sag. You may need to add extra posts or double pronged Corner Posts to achieve better tension.
In some cases keeping the lowest line free from vegetation is impossible so a more powerful energiser (more joules) may be needed, or, you could cut the lowest live line at the first and last post. You can reconnect if needed by using the metal ferrules in the supplied kit.
The increasing popularity of electric poultry netting in domestic settings has highlighted potential dangers for some small animals. Amphibians and small mammals e.g. hedgehogs, have been known to get trapped while attempting to navigate through the lowest section of net and in some cases have died as a result of receiving consistent multiple shocks.
This problem can be resolved by erecting a low barrier in front of the net that they cannot navigate or by disconnecting the lowest line as outlined above.
* Ensure you have the correct energiser for the amount of poultry netting.
* Keep the live wires free from anything not insulated from the ground (this includes wooden posts).
* Plastic is the only thing that will not create a short in the fence.
* Use at least one independent earth stake.
* If running from mains power use the correct HT electric fence lead-out cable.
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