When it comes to keeping chickens, ducks and geese safe from ground predators like foxes and coyotes, poultry netting is a great option. Also known as bird netting, it’s ideal for enclosing coops and runs and providing day pens within larger protected areas.
Poultry netting is easy to install and works well in all climates. It’s not great at keeping aerial predators out though, so if you need protection from flying hawks, buzzards or owls you should look at aviary netting instead.
Another thing to keep in mind with poultry netting is that it will not prevent small poultry like chicks and baby ducks from escaping. This can be overcome by clipping their wings properly. It’s also worth remembering that poultry netting is not suitable for containing young plants or seedlings, as they will be able to squeeze through the openings. It is a good idea to keep young plants and seedlings inside a fenced chicken tractor until they are bigger and stronger.
Feathered Friends’ Fortress: Choosing the Right Poultry Netting for Your Coop
Unlike hardwire fencing, which requires electric posts to be driven into the ground, poultry netting is a prefabricated portable mesh that arrives at your door ready for use. Each roll of netting is 40″ tall and comes with round PVC single spike posts prefitted at set intervals along the length of the netting. Strong plastic struts reduce the amount of sagging that can occur between posts. A pulse-style 0.6 joule energizer is recommended (although units with less joule output will work, but will require a lot more weed contact and will not last as long). The netting is hot dip galvanised to protect against rust and corrosion.