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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: www.OldSchoolFarmers.blogspot.com

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 provided.

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 than black.

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