In part three of our guide to electric poultry netting, Meriel Younger, from Electric Fencing Direct, gives you detailed instructions to your mains powered electric poultry netting kit.
You can read part two and part one here.
Your mains electric netting kit has arrived…so how do you set it up?
Of course there are instructions, but here are some pointers you might want to think about and some concise instructions too.
Mains Operated Kit Contains:
Electric netting including posts
Guys and pegs (for bottom line) and netting repair kit
Mains powered and earth stake (the energiser spec depends on the number of nets)
Electric fence warning sign
Please note: Lead out cable (10m, 25m, 50m or 100m) is required and must be added to the kit
Preparing the Area:
Clear the area of any debris – ie sticks and large stones and ensure there are no branches or plants that could touch the netting and short it
Mow or lay dpc or spray the grass where the netting is going to stand
Check distances from mains socket to fence to ensure you have enough lead out cable
Setting Up Your Mains Operated Kit:
Locate the adapter plug of the energiser in a waterproof location (i.e. inside next to a plug socket or protected from the elements outside). The energiser is waterproof BUT the adaptor is not.
Position the earth stake close to the building containing the Energiser. Insert the earth stake into the ground until 6” or so is showing (note: the earth stake must beat least 8 mtrs away from a house earth and away from tree roots and foundations).
Link to Earth: Cut a length of cable to fit the distance from Energiser to Earth. Bare the cable back at either end to show the metal core and connect one end to the green Earth terminal on the Energiser and the other to the earth screw onto or connect to the earth rod. (Locate additional 1m away from each other and link either via lead out cable or wire if required).
Connect to Net (via outdoor switch):- With re remaining lead out cable bare both ends of the cable to attach it to firstly the live terminal on the energiser and secondly the other end to the net (insert cable into piping if going underground). Insert bare end of lead out cable into crocodile clips and clip to net.
If you would like to use a cut out switch to enable you to turn off the fence at the fence… then here’s how. Connect the bared back lead out cable coming from the energiser to the cut out switch, attach cut out switch to a wooden post, attach a further section of lead out cable to switch and connect this last section with a crocodile clip to the fence.
To put lead out cable into crocodile clips…. Bare off ½ ” (1 cm) of cable and push into the ‘spade’. Crimp tight (with pliers). The ‘spade’ pushes into flat metal clip positioned inside the crocodile clip. Connect the crocodile clip to the metal net clamp; or another solution is to bare 1” of cable and wrap around the metal net clamp. DO NOT attach the lead out cable to a vertical line in the net (as these are not electrified), or to just one of the horizontal lines as this will not electrify the net efficiently, it will only electrify that one individual line.
Switch on: the Energiser will flash indicating it is sending pulses.
Test with your fence tester to check the amount of power coming through the net and to make sure there are no shorts.
To Set Up The Poultry Netting:
Lay out the net in roughly in the position you want the net to be.
Put the first/start post in to the ground.
Go around the netting putting the posts into the ground – use your foot to pull the bottom of the post to ensure tension in the netting.
Position your hot gate if you have one – connect by using the metal clips on the netting.
Your netting doesn’t have be in a circle… it can be in a straight line if required.
Once your netting is up tweak its position and use your guy ropes (half way up the post) to tension in corners or on long straight sections. Use netting clips to lift any sagging sections or reposition the posts with your foot to get better tension. Wooden corner posts can be used to give extra tension to netting but the poultry netting must NOT touch the wooden post or it will short. Peg down the bottom line too.
The Nets: Keep vegetation away from the poultry netting (i.e. by mowing or if in a semi-permanent position by spraying or lay down a strip of heavy material e.g. damp course under the net).
Additional nets: are linked by slotting the end clips together and then tie together with the green cord provided.
Gates: Hotgate is an easy way to access an enclosure. It has an insulated handle and a foot plate for the moving post to slot into.
Set Up Tips: Do not try to pull the net too taught during set up. Once the net is up, re-position individual posts until the net stands up right. If you have undulating land or are very exposed you may need more posts and/or net tensioners, which will minimize sag. (To insert follow instructions for adding the ‘Gate Post’) Setting the posts at a slight angel outwards can also help improve tension.
We are always on hand to help with any poultry netting set up enquiries… so if you have any questions just get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01620 860058 or visit www.electricfencing.co.uk