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How old do chicks have to be before they can be exposed to electrified netting? Can you just keep the bottom wire unelectrified so they won't be shocked. I want to keep a small flock of chickens rotated through paddocks, and let the hens hatch their own chicks in there.
 

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I haven't heard of unelectrified bottom wires. I would imagine that one or two chicks will test the wire and the rest learn from the victim--if momma doesn't keep them away.
 

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You can clip the leads to the bottom two horizontal wires at the end posts in order to de-electrify them. I do this.

Chicks will go right through the hole size on even the smallest electrified poultry netting. And they come right back through. If you want to them to stay in, put 2x8's all the way around on the bottom outside the netting. Let them hit the hot wires. They'll learn.

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I didn't mean to post this over here, but I'm glad I did, Walter, because that's exactly what I was thinking of doing...just didn't know if it would work for sure.

Thanks!
 

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Chicks will go right through the hole size on even the smallest electrified poultry netting. And they come right back through.
Premier's new netting is too small. I actually broke the bank and bought 100' of it for the little ones because I couldn't keep the free ranging hogs OUT of their food... bottom is about 1.5" square.

HTH

Andrea
 
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