Can you wire an electric fencer into a dusk/dawn sensor?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by wyoDreamer, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Overrun With Chickens

    Nov 10, 2010
    Question: has anyone ever tried to wire an electric fencer with a daylight/dusk senser so that it will automatically turn on at night and off at dawn?

    I am notorious for forgetting to turn off the electric fence before working around it, or turning it on again when I am done. So I had this brilliant idea of wiring in a dusk/daylight sensor that would automatically turn the fencer on at dusk.

    I have big dogs out all day in a fenced yard, so I don't have a daytime predator problem that I know of. However, I have to bring the dogs in at dark and they sleep in the house, otherwise they bark and howl with the coyotes and keep the neighborhood (mostly me!) awake.
  2. johnnycash

    johnnycash New Egg

    Jun 6, 2011
    Not sure if that would work or not but you could put it on an outdoor timer for $13 I have several of my outdoor items on timers and they work great and are cheap.
  3. turbodog

    turbodog Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 21, 2010
    Independence, La.
    Good idea johnnycash! A timer would probably be the better option.
  4. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2010
    OOPS duplicate
    Last edited: Jun 30, 2011
  5. Clay Valley Farmer

    Clay Valley Farmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 7, 2010
    Sure a timer or dusk to dawn would work, they are just switches.

    The only problem I see is that much of the effectivness of a fence is that any time anything touches it 24/7 they get zapped and learn to stay away. If the fence is off sometimes and on sometimes smarter critters might get onto that fact or it might reduce their fear of it.

    I know with the bees you want the fence in place before the bees are even there so animals bear esp get to know it first and don't challenge it. If they get to know there is food there first and the the fence comes later they will be more likely to work around or through the fence.
  6. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    An electric fence should always be on unless you're working on the fence itself.

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