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post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by nes 

I've been told we'll have fried chicken if my chickies stand the wire fence and touch the cow's electric.

So we're keeping them in the run until we can figure that out...


Whoever told you that is misinformed. They are high voltage and low current. Voltage does not damage or kill it is current that does the damage. Not enough current in a fencer system to fry anything. And like was mentioned : they pulse.

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post #12 of 20

Thanks BFF & Kstav, I posted in pred & pest and yes I've learned I was incorrect.

I don't understand why so many horse people told me they had problem with small birds getting fried then idunno. Specifically humming birds & such.


Edited by nes - 7/2/11 at 6:50am
post #13 of 20

I  know one idiot that made his own electric fence that did not pulse. However he made it, it burned out in less than a day, and got hollered at by everyone he explained it to.
It has zapped my girls if they step on it, but their feathers must not conduct very well.
I LOVE mine, keeps deer out of my garden and preds out of my chickens space.

post #14 of 20

I don't understand why so many horse people told me they had problem with small birds getting fried then . Specifically humming birds & such.


The old style chargers that don't pulse can kill animals that can't let go of it.

I used one once because it was all I could find locally while waiting for a good charger I had ordered.

A squirrel bit the wire and couldn't let go, and died.

My chickens routinely walk through another fence that has a 15 Joule charger, and about half the time it doesn't shock them at all


Edited by Bear Foot Farm - 7/3/11 at 10:31am
post #15 of 20

I have kept my hens inside an electric mesh chicken fence for two years. It is an easy way to enclose a run and has kept out dogs, cats, mongoose, and rats, all of which live all around here. My hens have been fine, and no predator deaths since I got this in 2009. I do gather there is danger to chicks when they are little as they could get stuck and the repeated shocks could kill if they could not get away. 8 weeks was quoted to me as an average safe age, depending on size. my cattle strand does not hurt the turkeys in the neighborhood. there is a picture on my byc page.

yes, this one pulses and I have a solar charger.


Edited by Gullygarden - 7/2/11 at 6:20pm
post #16 of 20

i run 6000 volts on my fence for our goats.i think  the pulse rate is 1 jouble .  ours is the one you can hook up too a car battery. the chickens can stand on wire and they dont seem to botter them they go under or over.

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Mom  To 2 1/2  Year Old Little Girl and mother hen to  13 silkies,12 b/b/s copper marans, 7 Amerucanas,6 crested/non  blue and black swedish ducks, 5 NN bantams, 5 dwarf goats , 3 runner ducks, 3 call ducks, 3 fat Cats,  2 sizzles  , 1 Douple Dapple Miniature Dachshund and one parakeet On 3 Acres
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post #17 of 20

No pulse systems still can be purchased and it is hard for smaller animals to pull away from these lines.  If the package states "continuous" then it's a no pulse charger.  No pulse system have a place but some smaller animals can get "stuck" to the fence by the charge.

post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by homesteadapps 

No pulse systems still can be purchased and it is hard for smaller animals to pull away from these lines.  If the package states "continuous" then it's a no pulse charger.  No pulse system have a place but some smaller animals can get "stuck" to the fence by the charge.


Most places outlawed those long ago. But in order to get any form of shock from any fence system one must be in contact with a ground and a hot wire. One can sit on a high tension power line and not feel a thing as long as they don't touch a grounding surface.

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post #19 of 20

I can't remember ever having heard of continuous chargers being illegal. Can you please provide your reference for this information?

Where are the no pulse outlawed?


Personally, I don't like the continuous charge around small animals, like cats and dogs.

TSC, LOWES and ACE still have them for sale.

http://www.fishock.com/store/electric-fence-charger/SS-525CS

post #20 of 20
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Originally Posted by Flawedatdesign 

How will the chickens react toward the bees? I would figure they would be thinking free lunch via easy buffet.


I have bees also, we don't have to worry about bears around here though so no electricity. But anyways, I have never seen one of the chickens eat the bees. But I suppose when your orchard ground is covered in apples non-moving objects are more enjoyable then having to catch your food.

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