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.
Article credit : Heidi Cohen ( https://heidicohen.com/use-blog-to-sell/ )