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Electric Premier 1 fence

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by nharbison0722, Feb 18, 2017.

  1. nharbison0722

    nharbison0722 Out Of The Brooder

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    So I've decided to open up my chicken run and let my girls explore the entire huge back yard area. Has anyone had any experience with this type of fencing? Does it shock the chickens or just the animals trying to get in? How do you keep the chickens inside the 4ft fence without flying over? Any ideas? Thanks a ton in advance!
    Neil
     
  2. PD-Riverman

    PD-Riverman Overrun With Chickens

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    A 4ft fence is easy for a chicken to get across. If I had to use one that low I would do a good wing feather trimming on one wing(not both). That should keep them in. Yes if the chicken gets in contact with the fence it will give them a shock.
     
  3. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    If can birds can still clear fence with wings clipped as described above, then clip both and make certain they are clipped close enough. My games, which are very strong fliers and jumpers, cannot get three above ground when both wings properly clipped. With wing clipped, especially when done improperly, they can clear a four foot fence. Experimented on this with a lot of hens in a hen house.


    Follow link for procedure as shown pretty well: http://www.instructables.com/id/Clipping-Chicken-Wings/
    When I clip, it is done a little closer than shown.
     
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  4. SueT

    SueT Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A friend of mine has been using the Premier fence for years, and her 2 dozen hens stay put. She clipped the wings once, and they became convinced they couldn't fly over, and she hasn't had to do it again. She said the new additions even stay in without clipping the wings. (Except for one hen, who comes and goes as she pleases. ) They are production reds . They have a moveable coop, and she utilizes the portability of the fence to provide pasture. They move the coop by towing it with the tractor. I love the idea, but our coop is fixed in one spot.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Chicken Obsessed

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    To reduce motivation to leave enclosure, make certain they also have cover like a large thick bush or high grass so they can hidden from eyes above. A low frame with shade cloth covering will provide same benefit.
     
  6. nharbison0722

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    A BIG thank you to all that replied! I really appreciate the advice!
    Neil
     

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