Poultry Netting with Bottom Ends Clipped
Several times I’ve recommended using electrified poultry netting with pigs to do managed rotational grazing and said “clip the leads to the bottom two wires.” The problem with poultry netting is that the pigs bury the bottom of the fence grounding it out and the weeds grow up also grounding the fence. This reduces the charge and the effectiveness of the netting. The bottom two wires aren’t needed with the pigs because the bottom two wires are below the pig’s contact points – As they tip their head forward their ears hit sooner and higher.
How to modify poultry netting:
- At the end posts there is a vertical bundle of wires that leads from the hot clip at the top and then down to each of the horizontal wires.
- At the bottom of the end posts find the part of the vertical bundle (last two remaining wires) that are leading to the bottom two horizontal electrified wires on the netting.
- Clip those two leads. Do this at both end posts. This keeps electricity from going to the bottom two horizontal wires so they become just a physical barrier and not electrified.
- The purpose of this is to reduce the incidence of shorting due to fence sag, dirt push up by pigs and plant growth. This increases the voltage on the wires making the fence a more effective barrier.
Poultry netting works easily on lawns like they show in the catalogs. We have hills, brush, rocks and grass grows. All of that makes fencing a bit more challenging. It is a very good idea to tension the fence at the corners with a guy wire to a stake, a tree or something else that is solid to keep the fence from sagging. This also helps.
By the way, I recommend poultry netting, not sheep netting, because the poultry netting has smaller hole spacing. The bigger sheep netting lets piglets through and they could get caught in the net – not good. Same for lambs.
It is important to keep the fence tight so it doesn’t sag and grounded out. A good way to do this is to tension it at the corners. Pegging down the bottom between verticals also helps. I would use a charger of 2.5 joules or so.
A little trick in fencing is to rewire the fence so that the power comes from the top down and ideally there is a resister on the lower wire leads. This provides the maximum power at the top and for the whole fence while draining the least power from the system.
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