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Electric fence for chickens?

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by bakindance, Oct 1, 2010.

  1. bakindance

    bakindance Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 1, 2010
    Ontario Canada
    We use electric fencing for the cattle, but I imagine that the voltage would fry a chicken. [​IMG]
    What sort of voltage do you have to use for chickens? Is there such a thing?
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Lots of people use electric fence to keep predators away from chickens, not to keep chickens in. I have watched my chickens rub up against the electric line that makes my dog yelp; the chickens evidently don't feel it through the feathers. I don't know the voltage, sorry.
  3. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 31, 2008
    Grifton NC
    We use electric fencing for the cattle, but I imagine that the voltage would fry a chicken

    Electric fences won't hurt chickens, but they won't keep them in either if they can fit between the wires.

    You can use electric netting, but it's more to keep predators out​
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2010
  4. FarmerDenise

    FarmerDenise Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 21, 2007
    Sonoma County
    I have electric poultry netting for my goats. I decided to get poultry netting, so I can also fence my chickens in. It would work, if I didn't have gaps on the bottom, where they can squeeze through apparently without getting zapped [​IMG] They could probably also fly over it, but I have not seen them try it, yet.

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