Benefits of 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.

Along with being convenient, the fence is extremely durable. Semi-rigid vertical stays provide stability and help prevent drooping between posts. Long-lasting, highly conductive 304 stainless-steel ensures years of reliable service, and the braided top strand provides unparalleled strength. Thirteen double-spiked, step-in posts are built into the netting and made with nylon-reinforced plastic. Poultry netting is conveniently used to allow chickens to access gardens, cover crops, and any area that could benefit from little moving manure spreaders. Kencove Electric Netting is also use to graze goats, sheep, and even pigs. It is often used to keep out sweet corn and garden trespassers such as raccoon, groundhogs, and rabbits.

A low-impedance energizer is required to electrify the netting. A minimum of 0.25 output joules per 164’ net is required. Additional power will supply a more memorable experience for the Chickens_2014would-be escapee or predator. Always keep the fence electrified when it is erected as rabbits may damage the electric wires.

Positive/Negative Electric Netting is available for dry regions, or for ultimate control. In this system, the animal completes the circuit through the net. An animal touching both positive and negative lines will receive the full shock of the energizer. This allows optimum performance of the net, regardless of the grounding conditions.

Keep in mind that electric netting does not provide overhead protection. There is still the possibility of flying predators. Users may also have to clip the wings on poultry so they cannot fly out. This causes no harm and will keep them within the enclosure. Electric netting should be used to contain only mature poultry, as young chicks and ducklings will be able to fit through the openings. When used correctly, Kencove Electric Netting will be a great asset to any farm as a tool for rotational grazing, field fertilization and piece of mind.

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