Are there any portable electrical fences which you would feel comfortable using for something as small as a chicken and something as large as a cow? I’m looking into multi-species rotational grazing, but for the sake of simplicity, I would like all my fencing to be interchangeable. What do I need to know?
There are pros and cons to either chicken net or sheep net. Chicken net is a lot heavier to lug around and more work to set up (and is more expensive).
Sheep netting is a breeze to set up, but won't hold in a chicken very well (unless you take the Justin Rhodes approach of getting super fat hens and culling hens that escape).
An alternative might be to get multiple lengths of the 82ft long chicken netting, which is also the most expensive option but will be easier to set up.
He definitely has an awesome system, I wish I could copy, but it just doesn't work with my set up :/
I don't want to steer you away from using his system....It is all situational, but are you in a position where you could just let your chickens free range, or do they need to be fenced in?
If they need to be fenced in, it might be worth investing extra money in the 81ft chicken netting for all of your animals. Making your daily chores as streamlined as possible will pay off in the long run.
Im on 3/4ac and i only have 1 electric fence. Its a 162’ double spike premier one poultry net plus. Its a pretty fancy fence since i only have 1 and use it for everything. I needed it long so I can make 2 side by side pens using a figure 8 type of pattern. I mostly use it for 1 group of birds in one area, but I used it mostly for the goats when they were here. I had a hard fence for the chickens to go everywhere, and the goats would rotate around inside the smaller poultrynet plus. Id like to have a wide selection of net types, but things change so much that it helps to just have the taller poultry net. If I buy another net it will be 100’ drivable spike style to work better with my clay soil in all seasons.
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