Electric Fence with Chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Ilovemyladies!, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. Ilovemyladies!

    Ilovemyladies! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are getting an electric fence for our horses. Will it be okay for my chickens to be near it??
     
  2. peepblessed

    peepblessed Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have had our free range chickens under and around electric fence for years. I never thought about what would happen if they touched it. So far no problem. Actually it would be amazing if they hadn't touched it at some point. It's very low to the ground in places... [​IMG]
     
  3. Kaceyx73

    Kaceyx73 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had thought once about using an electric fence on a switch to keep nighttime predators, and especially early morning dogs at bay. I have been meaning to ask how bad it is for chickens, and you beat me to it. Im also waiting for answers.

    Ken
     
  4. brahmakid11

    brahmakid11 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    no it will not!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  5. vmdanielsen

    vmdanielsen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have both electric horse fencing and electric poultry net. If a chicken steps on a downed wire it may get a zap, but mostly, chicken feathers have some insulting qualities that protect the bird. I have not had a problem with chickens and electric fencing.
     
  6. Kaceyx73

    Kaceyx73 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Electric poultry fence? Is it any different than a regular type? I was hoping to attach one to my chicken wire to leave on at night.

    Ken
     
  7. WGB

    WGB Out Of The Brooder

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    Works good! You'll get a good laugh when they touch the fence.
     
  8. peteyfoozer

    peteyfoozer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure your charger pulses and isn't a constant current. We have one that is constant and a calf got wrapped up in it and it killed him. The pulsing ones are okay.
     
  9. LittleDarlings

    LittleDarlings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Make sure your charger pulses and isn't a constant current. We have one that is constant and a calf got wrapped up in it and it killed him. The pulsing ones are okay.

    OMGosh!! That's so sad! [​IMG] I don't have an electric fence...yet, but I didn't realize they were that strong! Thanks for the tip! [​IMG]
     
  10. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    If they managed to get shocked they will learn to avoid it just like any other animal. They are fairly well insulated though and generally don't get shocked through dry feathers. We use an electric wire to keep them from perching on the watering lines in the hen house. The first week we have new pullets in there, they learn really fast not to perch on the watering lines and after that we shut off the charger. We don't have too many problems after that.
     

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