Electric Netting from Premier

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by aggieterpkatie, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone use it for their cornishX? I have totally free-ranged my birds in the past, but this time I'm raising twice as many and don't want to deal with the poop everywhere in the yard (and on the deck, etc. [​IMG]) so I want to order a roll (possibly 2) of this fencing to make them a moveable pasture. I do also have 2 pens that could be used as tractors, but I also want to use this electric netting for my sheep and goats when I'm done with the broilers.

    The issue is, the poultry netting is much more expensive (I'm on a tight budget) than the sheep/goat netting. I emailed Premier and they said I'd have to go w/ the poultry netting....but I'm wondering if the broilers would stay in with the fence. http://www.premier1supplies.com/fencing.php?mode=detail&fence_id=39This is the sheep fencing, and this is the poultry fencing.

    I was also thinking I could keep them in the tractors until they're big enough to not squeeze through the netting. Plus, it will be electrified so that will help deter them.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. RoosterGeek

    RoosterGeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My ducks don't think twice about going through our ElectroNet. It's very effect with our goats (if a fence don't hold water it won't hold a goat). We plan on getting the poultry netting as well.

    The fences, though pricey, are an excellent long term investment. Premier's quality and amazing customer service more than make up for the price.


    Just a very happy customer.

    If predators aren't a concern, why not just get deer netting and zip tie it to step in posts? It would not be as portable though.
     
  3. sovia

    sovia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought the temporary poultry fence from Premier this spring for our 26 colored rangers. I have a portable coop inside the fence that I lock the chickens up in at night. We have a lot of predators, but have had no incidents thus far. (This is amazing because we have lost some of our laying flock.)

    Anyhow, if predators are not an issue in your area, I would go with the deer fencing or else something cheap like that. These meat chickens don't have a lot of energy and rarely if ever explore the boundaries of their enclosure. In fact, they never wander too far from food/water.
     
  4. aggieterpkatie

    aggieterpkatie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, one thing I wanted to avoid was having my pesky layers jumpin over/going through the fence to eat the broilers' feed. I'm not sure if the deer netting will deter them from jumping over unless I make it totally enclosed. [​IMG] Plus, I wanted it to do double duty with the sheep and goats.

    But do you think my layers will jump over the poultry netting?
     
  5. Looking4ewes

    Looking4ewes Out Of The Brooder

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    I use Premier Electronet everyday for rotational grazing of my flock of sheep. I also use it for the swine. I purchased two rolls of poultry netting from Premier, one as a pen to contain the chickens/turkeys, and the other to add on as the birds are moved, about once a week. After the chickens are gone, I will most likely use both sections of poultry netting for the turkeys, as they prefer to range. I can contain birds if I have a good charge on the fence, but even at 5 weeks of age, the chickens can squeeze through and the turkeys can fly over. Since there is no shade in the pasture outside of the e-net, I do not suffer many escapees.

    Although electric poultry netting can be used for species other than birds (I initially used it for my weiner pigs until they outgrew the need for it and have switch to sheep netting for them), once must remember that it is bulkier to move and runs down a battery energizer sooner than sheep netting. It is also more expensive, as you noted. So, I settled on two rolls of poultry netting and I am now up to 11 rolls of sheep netting and could use another 2 -3 rolls. ;-) I also own 3 battery energizers and am in desperate need for another.

    I consider Premier netting the best on the market and well worth the investment. The portability of it allows me to target specific grazing areas regardless of animal species. This keeps my pasture in great shape and benefits the animals by putting better forage in front of them. I also get to benefit from reduced feed cost and less mowing and healthier animals.
     
  6. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to wonder why people didn't use poultry netting for their broilers more often, until I bought some. Even with a good charge, it is just too easy for small birds to get through, so by the time you get the broilers to the size it would be effective on them, it's almost time to head for the freezer.

    I figure it would work like this...

    First 2 weeks: Brooder
    Weeks 3-6: Tractor
    7-8: Netting
    8+: freezer camp.

    So maybe 2 good weeks in the netting. What's the point? Might as well just tractor them on out.

    And that is with poultry netting. I'm guessing netting for larger species like goats or deer would be even worse, as the strands are fairly close together at the bottom in the poultry netting.
     
  7. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They can, but they won't. Too scared to get close to it once they touch it a couple of times. I watch the dynamics of my young layers and it is just amazing. They will chase a bug right up to it, but not touch it.
     
  8. RoosterGeek

    RoosterGeek Chillin' With My Peeps

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    aggieterpkatie, have you decided what you are going to do?
     
  9. ultasol

    ultasol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cannot recommend the electric netting highly enough if you are going to keep doing this year after year. I love mine, as do my geese and chickens.
     
  10. SteveH

    SteveH Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As long you mount it on fiberglass posts and keep it off the ground and plant life [ or use a weed burner type fence charger that burns off new plant growth ] , I see no reason why regular cheap wire poultry netting couldn't be used ; just get a charger rated for the long perimeter fences for use on the smaller pen due to the added wire it must energize .
     
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