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NorthEssexsmallholding

  • Joined Dec 2010
poultry + alpacas fencing advice?
« on: December 03, 2010, 10:25:53 pm »
Hi,

I am new to this forum, I have a question regarding electric fencing.  I am looking at getting some laying hens on my holding, and I want to use electric poultry netting fencing.  However I also plan to have 2 alpacas as protection for the hens,  I know that electric fencing is not ideal for alpacas but I presume if its the netting similar to sheep netting it will be ok?

I am just unsure if electric poultry netting would be sufficient for keeping the alpacas in?  I know it would be better to get permanent stock fencing however I have just taken over the land and there is not fencing all the way around the perimeter, there just a boundary hedgrow, with fencing along one side.

I am obviously looking at the cheapest available option until I get up and running, I need the fencing to be moveable as I need to be able to rotate the pasture.  I must find a solution that allows me to keep the alpacas as its a must, I will not be living on the land, it is very rural and there are a lot of foxes around, I can't afford to take the risk of not having protection for them, and also prevent the alpacas from getting out although they are supposed to be fairly good at staying where they are meant to be.

Has anyone got any advice for me?, I would be very grateful for any input you people may have.

gmabbs

  • Joined Dec 2010
Re: poultry + alpacas fencing advice?
« Reply #1 on: December 06, 2010, 01:16:22 pm »
Hi,

Certainly electric poultry netting is the best option for keeping foxes out and the chickens in. Electric poultry netting is generally 110cm high which is 20cm higher than sheep netting so it should have no problem also keeping the Alpacas in. I am not sure on the jumping ability of alpacas but I don't think they will try to jump it anything because as you say they usually stay where they are.

For poultry netting you will need a good sized energiser (12v battery or mains), the netting and an earth stake.

If you need any further advice please let me know.

NorthEssexsmallholding

  • Joined Dec 2010
Re: poultry + alpacas fencing advice?
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2010, 07:03:52 pm »
thanks very much for your advice, appreciate it.

 

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