The British company Omlet has some really clever (if not exorbitantly priced) items to make chicken-keeping, bee-keeping, rabbit-keeping, even hamster-keeping easier and more convenient. One of their products, the Omlet Chicken Fencing seems ideal. It is a series of tall stakes linked by netting material that you can move around your yard to control where your birds free range. My parents recently forked over almost $200 for this guy ($155 for the 21-meter fence and $30 for shipping), but have met with disappointment.
Here is what we’ve found with the Omlet Chicken Fencing…
- Mobile and easy to move around
- Easily stored
- Not durable
- Hens can get over it, making it fairly ineffective (effectiveness may be slightly improve if you have smaller breeds)
We found that the dog was easily able to get into the netting and damage it in doing so. The net isn’t advertised to keep other critters out, so that is fine. But it is a bit of a disappointment that the net was so easily damaged. This would have been easily overlooked, however, if it actually kept the birds in the netting. But, unfortunately, they were able to fly and hop over it. (Our birds are on the larger end of the chicken breed spectrum, so if you’ve got smaller poultry, then this may be a good solution for you.) Lastly, the price is a bit high for some 21 meters of netting and a few stakes. Overall, a clever and easy (if not expensive) way to control where your chickens range if you don’t have time to build a more durable fence yourself.
REVISION: I think it’s only fair that I revise this review after a week and a half using the Omlet at my place. So far, it works fairly well. However, it is essentially a stationary fence that keeps the hens on one side of the yard, away from the vegetable gardens and the patio area. When I first set it up, I could see how it would probably be frustrating to continually move it with just one person. The lines get a little tangled up, and the stakes come loose from the netting. But stationary, it has been working well, and the hens have been respecting it.