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Do you shock your chickens?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Wisher1000, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    For all of you who use hot wire around your coops...do you turn it off when they free range or leave it on? Will the birds learn to stay away from it? I am considering using one to protect a guinea who is on a nest and to also run it around the bottom of the coop. Can I leave it on 24/7?
     
  2. chickened

    chickened Overrun With Chickens

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    I have no electric fence but I have considered shocking them when they are acting insane. [​IMG]
     
  3. AKsmama

    AKsmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We turn ours off. They're just not smart enough to stay away from it- ours aren't, anyway.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Odds are they won't bother it much anyway.

    Turning it off and on is setting yourself up to forget and risk it being off when you need it most
     
  5. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
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    On 24/7/365. They get a small jolt, then stay away.
     
  6. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine do not seem to notice it, I have a low strand around the bottom of the run and I have seen them brushing up against it and not even twitching. Maybe their feathers do not conduct very well. Huh, now I am curious.
     
  7. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    My husband said he thought I meant that I was going to the coop in my birthday suit...now that would shock them! But seriously, I don't want to hurt them or confuse them but I agree that on and off may lead to forgetting and unnecessary losses. Anyone have any stories of their chickens getting into the hot wire?
     
  8. kemclaughlin

    kemclaughlin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It just doesn't seem very nice to shock them 500 times a day!
     
  9. bryan99705

    bryan99705 Chillin' With My Peeps

    It rarely evens seems to get them, guess the feathers insulate them but when it does, the bird squacks, runs a little, then goes right back to walking thru it. If you are truly worried about escapees, drape deer neting over it.

    It's kinda hard to protect birds when they don't listen to the rules!
     
  10. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    Okay, so there's no one out there who has lost a chicken to a hot wire? We found some song birds hanging from the one around the pasture when I was younger, but it was for stock, not dogs.
     

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