Originally Posted by tour1018
I looked into the electric poultry fencing, don't the chickens fly out? or do you cut the wing feather,Michelle
The first day I set it up, all the birds were roaming the perimeter of the fence, checking it out. Every now and again one would get too close and would get shocked. It was easy to tell when that happened. I had 1 go over on the first day. I clipped 1 wing on her, and haven't had a problem since with her or anyone else. They have been out in the pen every day for over 2mos with no problems. The fence is 4ft high. With a regular fence you have a top rail, that gives an obvious target for the chicken to jump to, or over. The poultry fence/net does not have a top rail for them to sit on. And I think it helps to give them as big an area to roam as you can. I bought 3 of the 100ft nets. So they have a pretty good sized area to hang out in. I surrounded the coop, plus this brushy area behind the coop. They are totally content to stay in there. I'm seriously thinking about getting another section or two and expand further.
I saw the fox last night when I got home from work. He was in sight of the coop, sitting across the field looking at me. I was immediately concerned about the chickens, as bad memories die hard. But when I looked down there, they were all at the fence looking at me, safe. I thought of going in and quickly grabbing the rifle, but where he was at, it would have been unsafe for the neighbors for me to unload on him there. One of these days his luck WILL run out. There are others on BYC that have the poultry netting. If you do a search, you could read their comments about it. I know I'm happy with it. At this time of year, the fox is on the hunt. Look at all the sad stories in the predator section about fox attacks. I've had a couple of bad ones and I know how it feels. I had to do something here, or my birds would have been trapped in the coop for most of their lives. Building some kind of small and expensive birdcage was out of the question. These birds like to run around and stretch their legs. The electrified net was the answer for me.