1. Goaldielocks

    Goaldielocks Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi! We have a backyard free-ranging flock of 15 and have had birds now for 3 years. We started with the girls as tick control and yummy eggs and now are moving onto meat birds. We like the idea of day ranging our meat birds but are curious as to if we really need the electric netting for them? This may sound dumb, but is it more for the keeping the chicken in one area, or keeping predators out? We are planning on closing them into a portable coop at night and letting them out in the penned area during the day and moving the area every week or so for fresh grass and bugs. I am looking for advice on whether the electric netting is necessary or if we can get away with non-electric just as easily. We are planning on keeping the birds 16 weeks or so, then off to freezer camp. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! ThankS!![​IMG]
     
  2. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Anything will keep chickens in, so electric netting would be to keep predators out. You might also post in the meat bird section to get some good info.
     
  3. GardenGal

    GardenGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From all I've read, chickens don't get shocked by electric fencing. It would slow down predators though. Good luck!
     
  4. DaughterOfEve

    DaughterOfEve Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Definitely for predator control. We day ranged our meat birds last summer and found that they never went more than 20 feet from their enclosure. After scratching around for 15 minutes they would collapse, exhausted and only get up if the dog got too close or the egg layers came over to beat them up. We did not fence them for the time they were out because we have a dog on duty.
     

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