Dare-devil hen wonders across 10 acres of fields due to faulty fence

The hen had escaped from her enclosure and travelled across 10 acres of field – quite a dare devil
The hen had escaped from her enclosure and travelled across 10 acres of field – quite a dare devil

What would you do if you promised to keep your neighbours chicken safe and she vanished? Well that is just the dilemma that an Electric Fencing Direct customer faced!

This odd story begins on a Saturday. A couple, who had kept chickens for years, were asked by a friend whether they could look after her ‘frizzle chicken’ who was a much loved and favourite chicken as she was downsizing and couldn’t take her hen with her.

They said yes, and they promised to look after her as carefully as they could.

The chicken keepers had had an electric fence for years but hadn’t maintained it fully – i.e. they re-charged the battery but never checked the fence to see how much zap was running through it (if only they had used an electric fence tester!)

The much loved new hen was put in with the current flock and seemed to settle in well – she seemed happy enough eating, drinking and going to bed with the other hens.

So all was well, or so they thought…



Dare devil hen

The next day a neighbour two fields away rang to say they had a strange looking hen in their garden.

She had escaped from her new enclosure and travelled across 10 acres of field – quite a dare devil.

When the new owner really checked their electric fence they found it had holes everywhere (probably eaten by rats or squirrels) and the fencing probably hadn’t been running properly for years.

There was significant damage all along the netting.

The ‘frizzle chicken’ was put in to solitary confinement for her own protection until a new secure pen could be created.

Electric netting



The couple got online quickly and searched for a new electric fence and settled on a 50M BATTERY POWERED PROFESSIONAL POULTRY NETTING KIT – an easy to install electric netting kit with extra strong posts through-out and slightly taller than most nets on the market for extra protection.

All to make sure that this precious hen and the rest of the flock was going to be secure and that the net would keep Mr Fox away too.

Mission accomplished – happy safe hens and happy more relaxed owners. The only one who is missing out is Mr Fox.

Electric Fencing Direct is the home of ‘Fox Buster Electric Poultry Netting’ so for advice on electric netting or any electric fencing queries visit their website.