Electric fence for chickens

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by snookmeister6, May 17, 2011.

  1. snookmeister6

    snookmeister6 New Egg

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    Does anyone have experience in using an electric fence to train chickens to stay away from certain areas?
     
  2. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Unless you use a "net" type fence, they will just go through it.

    Plain wires won't work if they can fit between them
     
  3. snookmeister6

    snookmeister6 New Egg

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    Have you actually tried it?
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Last summer when, for a while, I had several sheep in a temporary electric paddock on part of the lawn *and* six of the chickens were free-ranging during the day, they would go RIGHT THROUGH the sheep electric fence without thinking twice about it. This was the sheep electronet with the wires every 6" apart.

    The thing is, chickens are feathery and lightweight and poorly-conductive, so they do not get zapped much by typical casual contact with an electric wire (obvioulsy if they get *stuck* in an electric fence it will severely affect or even kill them). So they just squirt right through.

    If you want to keep chickens out of an area of garden or lawn, by far the simplest cheapest and most effective thing to do is to get a roll of regular ol' cheap garden netting and some bamboo stakes (or cut some straight thin saplings), and just string that up wherever you want. If the fence is at least 3-4' high and the top is not clearly visible, they tend not to challenge it unless they are Very Very Serious about wanting to get to the other side -- in which case even poultry electronet with a large charger on it wasn't going to keep 'em out b/c they can simply fly over if they sufficiently WANT to.

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  5. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Have you actually tried it?

    I have a 7 wire 8000 volt fence that won't stop them if they want to go through it​
     
  6. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My electric fence does nothing to contain chickens. I see them brush against it, climb around and over it. Thinking it must be dead, I touch it and my arm feels odd for the next hour or so...after the initial "What the He**" shout and jump.
     
  7. wwalding

    wwalding Out Of The Brooder

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    I imagine there wing/ feather make up makes them immune to electric fences. Nothing for the electricity to go through. Try plucking all there feathers off,that might work...lol...j/k.....
     
  8. snookmeister6

    snookmeister6 New Egg

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    I'm convinced so thanks for saving me the frustration.
    GT
     
  9. luvinrunnin

    luvinrunnin Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My sister did that, and I was mean enough to laugh. and laugh.
     

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