Can I use electric fencing just around the door?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JenniferK, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. JenniferK

    JenniferK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a hen house attached to a run that's about 6' x 8' (the outdoor part), and a larger fenced yard that we let the chickens run in during the day, but close them in at night since I know there are raccoons here. We used to feel OK about leaving the chickens closed in the coop for a few days if we were out of town, but that was when we had 9 and now we have 15 and I'm worried that they'll be too stressed if we leave them in that space for two or three days. So my question is, could I somehow run electric wire around the door frame into the coop and put it on a timer so they would be protected during the night? Would it work if I put it on the doorsill where hopefully a raccoon would touch it if it tried to go in, or would it be messed up by having chickens step over/on/kick dust on all day? Or does anyone have another suggestion??
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    would it be messed up by having chickens step over/on/kick dust on all day?

    If a chicken can step over, so can a coon, fox, dog, etc.

    I'd suggest building a bigger secure run​
     
  3. JenniferK

    JenniferK Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not what I wanted to hear, but probably the best solution in the long run. [​IMG]
     

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