Electric Netting

ENet_CirclesKencove takes pride in the fact that everyone’s favorite chicken fence is made right here in Blairsville, Pennsylvania.

Kencove Electric Netting is proudly manufactured in the USA and is designed to safely contain pastured poultry, while providing superior protection from predators. The lightweight, portable design is a time-saver for poultry farmers. You may also hear this fence referred to as electric poultry fence, electro-netting, or electric mesh netting.

Poultry farmers large and small are fond of electric netting because it is incredibly easy to move. “Customers love it because it can be set up and moved quickly and easily, with no tools required. You can have an enclosure in minutes,” explains Carla Castaldo, Kencove product specialist. The portable design allows farmers to move grazing poultry to new forage daily. A single, 164’ long electric net can enclose about 40’ x 40’ (1,600 ft2) when set up in a square.  Kencove Electric Netting is versatile, with models available to contain poultry, sheep, goats, dogs, and pigs, while keeping predators and rodents out. Nets are available in 82’ and 164’ lengths with a variety of heights and net configurations. Kencove Electric Nets have graduated spacing for added protection. Horizontal lines are spaced closer together at the bottom and farther apart at the top. To prevent electrical shorting during weed growth, the bottom line is non-conductive. Continue reading »

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Insulated and Non-Conductive Bracing Systems

Most fence contractors and professional farm fence builders will likely agree that the backbone of your fence system is the corner posts and bracing. Your corner posts, end posts, and gate posts are the beginning step, and installing them properly will help ensure a quality project.

Treated wood posts are most commonly used, but steel posts, native wood posts, and now composite posts can also be considered.BraceUnit_side

The bracing system most used in the USA is the standard H-brace method.  This is a proven method that is chosen by most installers for woven wire, barbed wire, and electric high-tensile fencing.
Another option is a floating diagonal corner brace, which does have merit, especially in rocky soils. It allows one structural post to be installed into the ground with floating diagonal braces. In essence, it allows for putting one post into the ground rather than three.

In the case of high-tensile electric fencing, there are certain considerations to be taken regarding insulating the electric wire from the brace post and end posts. This is normally achieved by an end-strain insulator on the end post with screw-on insulators on the brace posts. You do still need to keep your hot wire away from any diagonal brace wires or potential shorts. Continue reading »

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Protecting Bee Hives with Apiary Fence

Bears are very smart and usually don’t forget, therefore, a psychological barrier will easily prevent the devastation of bees, hives, and honey.  A bear with a sweet tooth can destroy all your efforts and hard-earned money. A well-constructed electric fence will keep bears out of any apiary and do its job for years. IMG_0111

Electric fencing is an effective, easy-to-construct, and economical way to prevent bears from entering an apiary.  Install the electric fence early in the season so that a bear is welcomed with a strong, negative encounter the first time it attempts to contest the fence.  It is much simpler to keep bears away from hives before they have acquired the sweet treat. Continue reading »

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What Does It Cost To Run A Fence Charger?

penniesOver the years, many people have asked me, “How much is it going to cost to run my electric fence charger?” I usually respond with “pennies-per-month,” but this is pretty easy to compute yourself.

The two things you will need to know are how many watts your particular charger pulls and the kilowatt charge from your particular electric utility company. For this example, let’s assume that you have a standard mains unit that plugs into a standard 110-volt outlet.

The basic equation is watts x time / 1,000 = kWh. Continue reading »

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Crimp Sleeves

People often inquire about the best way to splice high-tensile fence wire.  Splicing wires can be accomplished in three ways: hand knotting, using wire links, or using crimp sleeves.

Gritted crimp sleeves are the most cost-effective way to splice high-tensile wire and maintain the full strength of the wire.  Wire links will maintain the strength of most wires, but become relatively expensive when building a significant amount of fence.  Hand knotting is by far the cheapest method, however, it can become time consuming and reduces the strength of the wire by about 30%.

In this post, we are going to focus on splicing with crimp sleeves.  Crimp sleeves require the use of a crimping tool.  Be sure to choose the appropriate crimping tool and sleeve that fits the wire you are using to build your fence.  Some crimping tools will have multiple slots to accommodate different crimp sleeves for different wire gauges.

For example:

12 ½ gauge wire requires a 2-3 crimp sleeve (C23).CrimpsleeveLayout2TFFG_Crimp

Use the 2-3 slot on a crimping tool or a tool for 12 ½ gauge sleeves.



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