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Becca Seib - Feb 28 2022

How to Set Up a Fox Grid (Pheasant Pop Hole) on a Release Pen

Every Gamekeeper knows that getting the perfect release pen set up is a process of trial and error. Entry points are a crucial element each pen must have for recapturing pheasants which have accidentally escaped into the wild and will be killed by predators if left outside their pen. For this, a pheasant pop hole must be fitted.

What is a Pheasant Pop Hole? 

Pheasant pop holes (sometimes referred to as re-entry grids or fox grids) are metal grids used on release pens to allow the birds to re-enter the pen without letting foxes or other predators in.

How to set up a Pheasant Pop Hole

The Quill Pheasant Pop Hole was designed with strong galvanised steel so that it blends in and is only visible to the bird when close up.

Top Tip: Pheasants love to run uphill, so fitting a wooden ramp against the netting before you fit the pop hole will enable them a direct path straight into the release pen.

1) Line up the Pop-Hole directly above the ramp.

2) Use metal staples or another form of strong tie to attach the grid to the wire around the other edge. Make sure that these joins are secure.

3) Once the gird is secured, cut the wire a couple of inches inside the outer edge in a rectangular shape.

4) Carefully bend the wire around the edges of the gird so that no sharp points are left poking out and the join is secure.

This is what your grid should now look like; firmly attached to the wire with easy access grid holes for the pheasants to jump through. However, the entry point cannot be left like this. It is important that when guiding birds into the pen, they are given a protected funnel so that their only option is to go up the ramp and through the grid. It is also essential that the top point of the ramp is blocked off so that the pheasants do not simply run up one side and down the other.

5) To do this you can use a rectangle of wire (we have used the same rabbit wire here) which must then securely be stapled to the centre of the gird and the top of the ramp. Make sure to carefully bend any sharp edges inwards.

6) Next, roll out your wire so that it is propped up close to the ramp. Make sure to leave a large amount either side gradually getting wider. The aim with this is to create a funnel either side so that the birds run up the ramp.

The pheasants have no option but to run up and through the gaps in the fencing.

Fox Grid (Pheasant Pop Hole)
Fox Grid (Pheasant Pop Hole)
Fox Grid (Pheasant Pop Hole), Fencing, Quill Productions
Fox Grid (Pheasant Pop Hole), Fencing, Quill Productions
Fox Grid (Pheasant Pop Hole)
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Fox Grid (Pheasant Pop Hole), Fencing, Quill Productions
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Fox Grid (Pheasant Pop Hole)
Fox Grid (Pheasant Pop Hole)
Fox Grid (Pheasant Pop Hole)
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Fox Grid (Pheasant Pop Hole)

A high quality fox grid made by Quill and hot dipped galvanised after welding to prevent rusting. The space bars on this 8 opening grid are made of 4mm bright bar which helps pheasants to enter the pop holes without shying away.

As birds grow up and begin to flutter around inside their release pens, they often become stranded outside and it is important that they can get back into the safety of the pen. Making an open gateway into the pen would allow more birds out and could allow foxes or other predators to step inside.  Adding a fox grid to your pen let birds back in while keeping foxes at bay.

These fox grids can be placed higher up the fencing for raised pop holes with ramps or used on the ground with run ins.

Using ramps has become more popular in recent years as the pheasants can't run back out the pop holes once in the pen unlike those on the ground. They take to the ramps quickly.

To fix the fox grid in place, cut a hole for your fox grid out of the wire fencing and then secure the fox grid in place using hog rings and pliers

Can be manufactured to individual requirements, please enquire.

Read the blog post: How to Set Up a Fox Grid (Pheasant Pop Hole)

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