Originally Posted by featherz
Well, I managed to put two hot wires on one run today - not sure if it will do the trick as I have a less expensive charger, but it's a smallish run so I am hopeful. We're doing the other coop tomorrow!
My current fence setup has an old metal fence post about 6" in the ground at the dripline of the barn in gravely soil (several feet of soil were stripped to level for the barn), less than ideal yet works most of the time. It isn't real hot farther away from the barn, but when the horses hear it snapping at a couple of the junctions, they know not to mess with it. In an ideal setup, you would have multiple ground rods driven many feet into the ground, but if your soil that soft, you should be ok with one ground rod each. Best way to test it would be buy a fence tester. They don't cost too much, my favorite is the one with multiple lights to show how hot it is. Or just grab hold of the fence, you should feel more than a tingle.
Bingo Pony update: Vet was out a couple weeks ago for spring shots. Lungs are clear, thinking COPD. What confuses me is how fast the onset was. Got a bottle of dexamethasone and banamine. Dex alleviates some of the heaving, but doesn't cure him. Neck is getting pretty tough from dex shots every 2 days. Gave him a shot of banamine Friday morning, improved his overall demeanor and was back to happy pony that night. Doesn't get excited about his grain anymore, sometimes only feed him once a day because he hadn't finished the previous feeding. Still going out and grazing some. Spending more time just resting in his stall. Was hoping to spend the summer with him, but the hot/humid weather takes a toll. The rapid breathing increases his heart rate and metabolism, so not putting weight on. He wants to graze with everyone else, but new pony would chase him. Spend time with him each night just brushing and petting. Sometimes little girl comes with me to brush him, thinks it is so fun to pet his nose and brush him. And then goes on to terrorize the rest of the barn, usually the sawdust pile.
On a happier note, went out and bought party supplies today for little girls birthday #2 in a month! Winnie the Pooh theme. Tomorrow, going to set up some more chicken wire on the steep bank, let the chicks take over that weed patch since we can't do anything with it and it looks terrible being next to the garage. Hope the rain holds off. If it rains, maybe a trip to Syracuse?