22 Replies to “Chicken Fence for Pigs?”

  1. I tried this, and it failed. The poultry posts are too flimsy and don't go deep enough into the ground if you have soft soil. After having one to two escapes per day for much of the last week, they are going to The Butcher early and I am going to take a loss instead of dealing with this for the next 3 months and forcing my neighbors to deal with it. Yes, fresh battery. Yes, very good ground. It doesn't matter, the poultry netting is too flimsy for pigs. If they want to, they can simply knock it over. Once they learn to do that, it's very difficult to get them to stop. Also, the bottom wires are too close to the ground and tend to roll up. They also get very very easily by the dirt thrown up by the pigs rooting. This is not a good use.

  2. Can you please tell me what is the joule output of your energizer? I am in the same position as yourself and this looks like a great solution for me!

  3. We are starting our pigs on pasture. We have to do electric fence with a
    backup for two reasons. Predators, we get a lot of coyotes here and
    winter snow. Poultry netting would never stand up in our snow here in
    northern Alberta. We can raise the electric wire above the snow and the
    pigs tramp the snow down. Spoiler shameless plug – we do have our
    setup for our pigs on our channel. Really enjoy your videos John! Got
    the idea for our feeder from you. Cheers!

  4. I use both poultry netting and the two strands of polywire setup but will probably over time switch to all netting. I move through all types of terrains and the netting can be messy getting tangled in brush but I still feel it's a bit less time consuming and more reliable.

  5. Our farm's name is "Pig on the Run Farm." We are 3 years into running a small farm. We raise pigs, chickens (meat and eggs) and now sheep. As per our name, I have had several runners and have learned several things. First, get more than one pig or you are going to have extra strong fencing. Pigs are very social, the like to be around each other and I find pigs like a buddy. If they don't have one they are prone to try to be runners to look for friends. Our first solo pig would get out and visit the horse farm down the way.
    I have graduated to an enclosed pen with tractor supply hog fence and t-posts every 8 feet. I also run a 1 inch electric tape on the bottom as belt and suspenders.
    I would like to rotate them in different spots, but I think it is too hard to move them. They seem to do well in a fixed pen with good shelter and mud puddles. We buy feeder pigs and don't raise them. We usually raise about 6 at a time. It only takes about 6 months, from when we get them, to get them to 300lbs. The pork we have gotten is excellent with the non-gmo feed we use.
    The runners aren't easy to get back into the pen. Our first pig would run us around to play, she would then get tired and let us take her home. A 200 pound pig goes where it wants. It makes it a lot easier if you keep them in the pen in the first place. I'm sure the electric netting works, but I'm too chicken to try anything else but what I have had success with. As aside note, our pig experience convinced me that I didn't wan to breed pigs. We now are raising royal white hair sheep. Much easier and lambing seems to be not that bad. People like pork more than lamb, but there still is a good market for lamb.

  6. free pallets with steel posts pounded in ever 3rd pallet, with gates built in. just make sure you rotate on time or your tearing everything down to repair your grass.

  7. we had used 3 strands of electric wire, but had too many problems with the hogs getting out. if it's not hot, they will be the first to know! now, we are using hog pannels and t posts. it's much more cumbersome to move, but it keeps them in!

  8. I use sheep netting since we had it and I like it but would like to try a few strands of wire next year for making a bunch of permanent paddocks so moving them is quicker.

  9. John,
    I have semi permanent pasture that are fenced with three strands of hot high tensile wire. Works great for hogs of 80 pounds or more. The little pigs finds areas to get out and run all over the place. They always come back to the crowd, but this does make it easy for them to make messes and vulnerable to predators. When it is very dry the little pigs do not ground very well and may not get a shock if they touch the fence. I would use a hot wire – ground wire – hot wire set up in the future. The attractive aspect of 12.5 gage high tensile wire is strength and permanence. The hogs respect this fencing over the long haul. I am moving to a new location with better pasture and will be using more portable fencing like woven wire or netting, or even light gage wire. When we have used poly wire in the past on small farrowing fencing sections it has gradually been disrespected by the the hogs and failed, but only after the piglets are large enough to mix with the crowd. My problem with netting is that it is relatively expensive per line foot. I use hot/ground netting for my chickens. This has been fantastic in deterring dogs and other predators.

  10. I just came in from discovering that my pigs have escaped and I see an email for this video. What timing

  11. No more baby piggies. Did they turn gray? Too funny the pigs expression at 1:12. Pigs running a muck. LOL I use plastic. The bacon stays quite nicely in it. 😀 Great video John. Smile!

  12. right now i use cedar post every 8 feet with hog panels nailed in. the panels at TS are more than strong enough BUT the cost and time associated with that is huge….my new plan pretty soon is to let them range in the woods that border the pasture with the "step in" post and run the woven electric wire strand 3 layers high to keep out the wolves and keep the pigs in. also using the woods means i can put insulators on trees and use trees as post for easy rotation in the woods. on fields that are open and I want to control grazing I will start using netting like you do for obvious reasons.

  13. This is timely thanks for the video john. I am right now mending my poultry netting and was wondering if / how well it would work for pigs and will be training my goat omit this week.

  14. We have a good amount of infrastructure on farm, we keep our pigs in with permanent 4×4 wire netting plus a double strand of electric. I haven't ever had pigs get out.

  15. Really appreciate the pig vids john. I have been thinking of trying 2 out. The thing that is stopping me is I dont know how much I would have to spend on feed. I have about 2 1/2 acres of woods I would let them range in, how much of there food would they get from the woods? Thanks for your time and info!

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