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What is the best method for Keeping Chickens inside Electric Netting?

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Does anybody else every have problems with laying hens flying out of their electric poultry netting? I have Rhode Island Reds that regularly go right over the top, to the mercy of the coyotes or other predators who may be prowling the area. I actually don’t have it electrified at the moment, but I do shut them up at night. It seems electrifying won’t help as far as the chickens go because they’re not really touching it when they go over. I close their coop at night for protection. What do you think?

Category: Tags: asked July 27, 2012

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How tall is your fence? Rhode Island Reds are a large breed and a 4 to 5 feet high fence may be tall enough. A 6 foot high fence would be better. If your going to clip thier wings just clip the outer wing feathers on one wing only. They can still fly but will fly in a low circle. I have wire tops over my bird pens to keep the good birds in and the bad critters out. If your going to let them range then I would close the coop up at night. Some critters come out at night and will kill chickens, for they taste good to them too.

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I've had the same problem, and we clipped the wing feathers on one side down to near the end of the wing (I left about 1/4" of feather shaft).  This seems to have stopped most of them from getting out, though some can still manage to get out if there is enough of a slope that they can fly downhill or their mobile henhouse is too close to the fence and they use it as a launching platform.  Do you have any slopes or platforms that they may be using?

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I've had the same problem, and we clipped the wing feathers on one side down to near the end of the wing (I left about 1/4" of feather shaft).  This seems to have stopped most of them from getting out, though some can still manage to get out if there is enough of a slope that they can fly downhill or their mobile henhouse is too close to the fence and they use it as a launching platform.  Do you have any slopes or platforms that they may be using?

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I don’t really have any slopes near the fence, but I probably haven’t trimmed the feathers down far enough. Thanks for your your input!

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I don’t really have any slopes near the fence, but I probably haven’t trimmed the feathers down far enough. Thanks for your your input!