Chicken netting is an easy and economical way to fence in your chicken run or coop. It also provides a quick solution to several chicken fencing problems such as keeping chickens off vegetable gardens, planting areas and other areas you want to protect. It is also ideal for separating a new flock to let them get used to each other and for fencing off muddy areas that need to rest to allow the grass to recover.
Both plastic and metal chicken netting can be used. The metal options are usually galvanized steel wires woven into hexagonal openings and tend to be more effective at keeping predators out. Plastic chicken netting is more flexible and comes in a range of lengths to suit your specific needs. It is easy to cut and can be used to build a fence to fit curves, hills and valleys. It is also easier to keep clean than a wire fence and doesn’t require any tools.
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Regardless of the type of chicken netting you choose, it will need to be electrified in order to be effective as a fence. Most nets are designed with two electrified wires, one close to the ground to stop predators digging under it and a second nearer to the top to prevent them climbing over the netting. Other types of netting are available that are single wire and come with an energiser built into the fence post or can be purchased separately.