|Free Range Fence offers many advantages when compared to electric poultry
netting. We know this first hand because the owner of the company also has a
farm in Northeastern Pennsylvania, and has been using both types of systems for
years for various animal enclosures on the farm – learn more about the farm here:
The portable electric netting works well for smaller chicken runs on clear, level
pastures where the chickens will be rotated to fresh grass every few days. If you
are looking for a more permanent enclosure in which to free range your birds
– typically a portion of, or your entire backyard, then electric netting will have
many disadvantages. For starters, if there are slopes or terrain changes, it can be
challenging to get the fence to stand upright and stay tight with the flexible supports
The most important advantage for using Free Range Fence as opposed to electric
poultry netting is that you do not have to regularly trim the grass and weeds that
grow up along the fence line. With electric poultry netting, this growth must be
regularly trimmed, or it will ground the fence, greatly reducing the charge and
potentially making it ineffective to predators.
The electric netting is also usually only 4’ tall and your hens (unless wing clipped) may be inclined to fly over the fence.
This material is also very prone to tangling when setting it up. If you have young children you should also consider that our system does not require electrification. Poultry netting either has to be plugged in, or requires an
expensive solar energizer.
Finally, Free Range Fence is black in color – the least visible color outdoors. Most
poultry netting is white and will be much more visible. Even green is more visible