Electric netting

Discussion in 'Meat Birds ETC' started by Bucky182, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. Bucky182

    Bucky182 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many of you use electric netting for meat birds, how big and what kind do you use and how often do you have to move them for say 50 or 100 birds? I have been looking at Kenco they seem to be the least expensive but not sure of quality. Any one have any pro's or cons with electric netting. I got lots of room 78 acres of fields do that is not issue.

    Any and all comments welcome.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    I use the electric poultry netting from Premier and they have a new kind out that has more stakes--about every 6 feet instead of 12. You need to read all the specs on both companies products like how high, how long between stakes, entire length and delivery cost. At first Kenco looked good for the price, but in the end I bought from Premier 1. I just use mine to keep chickens out of certain areas, and got some more to use as garden fence. You would probably need to move it every 2-3 days to keep your grass healthy.
     
  3. Leahs Mom

    Leahs Mom Chicken Obsessed

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    I had just asked that question on another forum and the person who replied to me stated that they had some of the electric netting from each company. They said they would never buy the Kenco again as it was not a comparable quality. They liked the premier.

    I talked with Customer Service at Premier yesterday and they are very helpful if you have any questions. I wanted to be able to use mine with goats also so I had several questions to that end.
     
  4. Buster52

    Buster52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am curious if the two of you use it for meaties. I have premiers from before I had my dogs for my layers. I have always questioned the practicality of using it for meat birds, because of the size of the squares. By the time the birds get big enough for it to be useful, they only have a couple of weeks before processing. So, what's the point?

    I do see some are using it, however.
     
  5. SmokinChick

    SmokinChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The small farm down the road has 4 fairly lightweight tractors for thier meaties. and around all of the tractors is electric fence. Strickley for predator control.
     
  6. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I have the ElectroStop style from Premier that has the bottom wire as the ground wire, making it easier to move from place to place. The downside? It is sheep fencing, so the squares will not contain my meaties and most of them range out of the fence all day. It is an excellent fence and will come in handy for full grown DP hens later on but for the meaties, it is more of a hope than a solution. I only hope they can make it back to the fence before a ranging dog wipes out the flock.

    I also have a dog watching them but he is too friendly to stray dogs, though he keeps out everything else that may prey on them. My CX are 4.5 wks old and I have had no losses to preds though they range all over 2-3 acres of land and into the nearby woods.

    I got 164 ft. of fence, with posts built in, for $164 and that is with the shipping included. It has a very powerful bite to the fence and seems to be an excellent dog deterrent and will even keep some of the less adventurous CX inside...but not many while they are still small enough to take a running jump through that bottom square.
     
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  7. Working Dog Doc

    Working Dog Doc Out Of The Brooder

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    I am also most interested in this thread. I just have a small number of birds (2 nearly six week old salmon Favorelles pullets, 4 two week old Cornish crosses, 2 two week old production red cockerels destined for caponizing practice), but just before Easter, I had a predator that wiped out my 2 Easter egger pullets and 5 Cornish crosses. Whatever critter it was (I suspect raccoon) dug under my 6 foot wood privacy fence AND the 6 foot dog kennel panels that make up their enclosure. I want to keep the ability to move around the dog kennel panels, so I am considering hot wire to keep out predators. I am also interested in brands, particularly solar powered.
     
  8. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    I am using a solar charger with mine...does a great job.
     
  9. beanmcnulty

    beanmcnulty Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got my second roll of poultry netting from kencove about a week ago for my now 8 week old ranger type meat birds (they are def the least expensive). and so far so good, its done it's job, keeps them in and ground predators out, I get 8-9KV on it with a 20 mile fi-shock ac charger. They may be able to get out had they been in it as smaller birds- so i may just keep them hoop house bound until 5 or 6 weeks as a rule. One thing that has made life sooo much easier with it (read it on these forums) is disconnecting the bottom (3" high) live wire, so the first is 6" but it often sags so its less than that in many places. I do use extra step ins as needed, where my dirt is all rock and can't get the posts in well for example. Satisfied with it do far!
     
  10. Leahs Mom

    Leahs Mom Chicken Obsessed

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    What size solar charger did you need to get? Do you only have 164 ft?
     

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