Emu and ostrich farms have the ability to produce a tidy profit, but these flightless birds take special consideration when it comes to security. For this reason, we, at Edge Wholesale Direct, offer solutions in farm fencing for emus and ostriches that will help to keep your exotic investment safe and happy. Our range of farm fencing products can be used to contain many kinds of livestock, as unconventional animals can often require outside-the-box solutions.
What to Consider When Fencing in Emus and Ostriches
Emus and ostriches (or ratites) come with unique challenges for containment. Although these birds do not fly, they do jump and climb, meaning that ratite fencing needs to be quite tall. Ratites also tend to reach through and under fencing to get at whatever they see on the other side of a fence, so widely spaced wire or boards will not sufficiently contain them. Six-foot-tall wire fencing with minimal spacing is usually sufficient to keep these large birds in.
Another factor to consider when erecting ostrich and emu fencing is that ratites will rub against anything. Emus and ostriches will also run at full speed into fences as if they are not even there, which means that you should use fencing that will not harm them. Barbed wire fencing should never be used for emu and ostrich containment. These birds also need plenty of room to run and should not be too densely packed in a space.
Emu and Ostrich Fencing Solutions
The very best option for emu and ostrich fencing is a six-foot-high electric fence. The use of barbless wires helps to keep the emus and ostriches from harm when they run into the fence at top speed. This type of fence is also very difficult for the birds to climb or jump over.
Field fencing is also useful for ratite fencing, but its set height means that it is usually either high enough to prevent the birds from jumping over or low enough to keep out predators but seldom both. If using field fencing, set it at ground height to keep out predators and run an electric wire along the top to discourage emus and ostriches from hopping over it.
Regardless of what kind of fencing option you implement, incorporating electric hot wires along the top of the fence to keep birds from jumping and climbing over will help produce a high level of success. If you have any questions about farm fencing for emus and ostriches, or if you are interesting in any of our other products, please contact Edge Wholesale Direct at 604-857-2496.