electric fence does not hold goats HELP

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by laxrick, Dec 14, 2008.

  1. laxrick

    laxrick In the Brooder

    Oct 30, 2008
    Princess Anne, MD
    My goats seem unaffected by my fence. It shocks me pretty good, but they march right through. I have the cheap$20 controller from tractor supply. Should I replace the controller
  2. Chix-in-GA

    Chix-in-GA Songster

    Nov 17, 2008
    Nashville, GA
    How many grounding rods are you using? If you only have one, you could add another grounding rod to increase the shock.

    Hope that helps some.
  3. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    Goats almost never stay in electric fencing. Neither do sheep or llamas. They are stinkers that way! It also doesn't protect them well from predators like dogs, coyotes, etc.
  4. Tn Gamebirds

    Tn Gamebirds Songster

    yes you might have to get a more powerful controler. And sometimes you have to show them the fence and get them used to the electritcy before they will respect it.
  5. geareduplyn

    geareduplyn Songster

    Jun 2, 2008
    Salley SC
    When I was building fences for my goats I always tested them with water. I would build the fence then fill the fenced area with water. If it leaked it wouldn't keep in the goats. I couldn't resist. LOL I have never had very good luck with electric fences for goats. If they want whats on the other side they just take the jolts and keep going.
  6. zatsdeb

    zatsdeb Songster

    Oct 2, 2007
    Lincoln, Illinois
    we had to use 6 ft. welded wire, and cattle panels, and a big heavy gate to keep our goats in, the cattle panels and heavy gate is for our billy! He pushes and pushes!
    our neighbor has electric, but you need a pretty powerful fence, we have electric around the bottom line of the fence, to keep them from rubbing against the fence.
  7. helmstead

    helmstead Songster

    Mar 12, 2007
    Alfordsville, IN
    LOL I could have told you electric wouldn't hold goats. No one ever believes me though, so I just don't bother giving advice about it any more...

    I would use no less than a 1 joule box (I have a 1.5 j for my horses)...but I would use it in CONJUNCTION with wire (welded or woven) fence (more to prevent rubbing and climbing than to keep them in).

    Good luck.
  8. ThreeBoysChicks

    ThreeBoysChicks Songster

    Sep 19, 2007
    Thurmont, MD
    When I had my fenced built, I had them use 2 X 4 inch wire with a board around the top, knowing that I wanted horses, goats, chickens, etc. It goes all the way to the ground to keep things from climbing underneath. It has contained my horses, chickens (excpet the leghorns), ducks (excpet the muscovey), geese and the goats. And nothing will keep the guineas back.

    I have seen goats behind electic, but it was like 6 or 8 strands that were 4 inches apart near the bottom and then farther apart at the top.

    What type of goats do you have.
  9. lorieMN

    lorieMN Songster

    Apr 19, 2008
    goats and sheep stay well in an electric fence..but you need to make a proper one,high tensil,with tightners and at least 5-6 wires..usually where they sell high tensil wire there will be phamplets on how to build a good fence,it wont be cheap but they do work and actually are cheaper in the long run..thats all I ever had on my old place,and they never got out.
  10. sjcummings

    sjcummings In the Brooder

    Feb 9, 2007
    Shippensburg, PA
    I have 4 nigerians and a pony. I have the pony on electric and tried to put the goats in but they would not stay in, it didn't even seem to faze them. I had to put the goats near the fence with 200 ft welded wire encloser for right now. I am planning in spring to put welded wire around both of them so they can be together and put the electric at the top. one thing that I have found on the welded wire is that twinkle and trouble like to try to climb it and find any weakness. When they do get out they like to eat the leaves or I here naa naa right outside the house telling me I need to come out and give them attention.

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