chicken zapper!!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by smom1976, Jul 25, 2008.

  1. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    So for all of your farm people out there we are going to put up an electric fence for a very bad doggie.. what happens if the chickens get zapped? Has this happened to anyone? we are planning to put the wire along the ground to keep the dog from digging...
  2. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    the chickens usually don't get zapped, since their thick feathers prevent contact with the fence. I'm sure every now and then one will get zapped but it shouldn't hurt them. An electric fence won't kill a very small dog, so it won't kill a chicken. Read up on here about electric fences and you'll find a lot of ppl on here who have wondered the same thing. Good luck, and what breed of dog do you have?
  3. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    she is a mut... something bulldog mix. She also ate one of my best growing tomato plants last night.. but I did forgive her because she scared something out of the compost pile too.. pro/con...
  4. americana-chick

    americana-chick Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    Quote:if the chicken gets zapped it doesnt matter, we have electric wire around the bottom of our pen and every time they get zapped they just kinda bock a little then it is over with!
  5. americana-chick

    americana-chick Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    Quote:umm not true... my chickens get zapped every time they touch the wire.
  6. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    Intermiten pulses are the best to use around birds, constant current can kill young birds if they ground themselves on it. We had a strip of hot wire on the top of the fence and if a bird landed on it and it's tail hit the metal fencing they were cooked. We'd find smoking little birds along the fence...horrible. [​IMG] Ever since we've used the intermiten type.
  7. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    We have an intermittent pulse and I watched a 2 month old get zapped while picking up spilled feed from beneath the quail pen. She squaked and ran away, but I saw her back under the quail pens later that day. I guess it wasn't "that" bad. LOL

    I would definately suggest the intermittent pulse, those pullets and turkeys would touch the wire for several minutes, eating the spilled feed, but only one pullet and a turkey got zapped.

    I have a friend who believes they had one die on the horse electric fence, but I think their dog played to rough with it and it just happened to end up on the bottom strand. That or their fence was not intermittent and the pullet went to step on the wire, got zapped and her feet contracted and closed on the wire, leaving her to be continually zapped.
    Last edited: Jul 25, 2008
  8. smom1976

    smom1976 too many projects too little time!

    May 2, 2008
    Pensacola, FL
    oh dear we got the Fi-Shock animal containment system and on the box it says continuous current output..

    it is the ss-525cs light duty.. we have an outdoor light that we dont use any more that is connected to a switch here inside. I plan on switching out the light for either another light with a plug or just a plug that way we can turn it off when the dog is not out.. or when the kids are out. That stinks about the continous output tho.. I think that this was the only one available at homedepot..
  9. KellyGwen

    KellyGwen Songster

    Apr 28, 2008
    Lake Luzerne, NY
    When I was a teenager I stayed for a summer at a farm that had horses, chickens and turkeys. The turkey coop was at the top of the hill separated from the house and the delicious lawn by the horse pasture.

    Every morning we would go up to the turkey coop to let them out so that they could range. These were young turkeys - not chicks - but not fully grown.

    As the turkeys grew I started finding the largest turkeys laying on the ground and twitching. Lopsided, paralyzed or dead. We didn't know what was going on!

    So one morning instead of opening the coop and then going directly to the horse barn, I sat and watched. The turkeys raced down the hill towards the lawn... The tallest turkey ran right with them until SMACK! His neck hit the lower wire of the horse fence and he was ZAPPED! [​IMG] He fell to the ground, twitching.

    So... Maybe chickens are protected by their insulating feathers... But turkeys... and TURKENS might be in trouble...
  10. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    I don't think you can get fence chargers that don't pulse anymore. Too much of a safety hazard for much the reason mentioned above. If a person grabs the wire the electricity will force the muscles to contract and keep them from letting go. All the chargers sold at the feedstores around here pulse.

    I've talked to lots of people now who use only electric fencing or netting to keep their chickens in. So long as they aren't in too small of space where running from one wire leads to smashing into another it should be fine.

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