Installing Electric Poultry Netting
Electric Poultry Netting comes in several lengths and will arrive in a roll that will include a number of posts already pre-installed. Available lengths in standard netting which is 1.1m high are 15m, 25m and 50m. For 2012 Hotline have introduced their Deluxe Poultry Netting, also 1.1m high, which includes extra-rigid corner posts and a Hot-Gate system. This is available in 16m, 25m, 36m and 50m (50m does not include Corner Posts).
Firstly, unpack the netting package, guy ropes etc. but dont open the netting roll yet (it can get in a tangle if not kept together up at this stage). The netting is pleated, or folded, together to make it easy to handle. Holding the posts, push the first post into the ground where you want the fence to begin and end i.e. to give you access to the pen. Then carefully unfold the netting, one post at a time by walking backwards, without putting posts into the ground. Place the netting on the ground around the area you wish to protect. Bring the last post back to where you started and push it into the ground next to the first post.
If a separate netting gateway has been purchased, then put this in now where you will want access to the pen, between the beginning and end posts of the netting. The gateway is tied, with the string provided, to the last post of the netting to form a hinge. The bundles of wire strands at each end of netting (and gateway) can be wrapped together around the posts, for example, and the metal clips connected to each other to hold the posts together. Then go back round the fence pushing each post in, spaced to keep the net as taut as possible.
Note: it is not necessary to connect each end of the net together for it to work, this is only so that your birds are securely surrounded by the netting. You could make the netting into a u-shape, or put it in one long line, it will still work.
Use the guy ropes (plastic string) and plastic pegs to make the netting taut by tying one end of rope to top of a post and pushing the yellow peg into the ground, as you would a tent peg. Metal anchoring pegs are used to anchor the black bottom strand of the net to the ground. Attach the warning sign at a visible point along the netting fence. More Black flexi-posts or Corner posts can be purchased separately if required to help make the net taut over sloping ground.
Push the earth stake into moist ground as far as you can and well away from any safety earth for your house supply, it does not have to be near your netting but do not put it too close to another earth system either i.e. more than 3m away from a building or preferably 10m from your house earth. DO NOT connect to the house mains supply earth, it must be totally independent from the household earthing arrangements.
Tip: it is always advisable to make sure there is little or no vegetation touching the live wires of the net as this will make it short to earth and hence lose voltage. Keeping it taut and clear of grass growth will provide maximum efficiency. In dry soil, and therefore poor earthing conditions, it may be necessary to add additional earth stakes or water the ground around the stake. Good earthing is essential to the efficiency of the system.
If you need any further help or advice see our Electric Fencing - Frequently Asked Questions or Electric Netting Advice pages.