Electric Fence with Chickens

peepblessed

Songster
8 Years
Aug 3, 2011
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Twin Oaks, California
My Coop
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...
 

Kaceyx73

Chirping
9 Years
Dec 14, 2010
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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
 

vmdanielsen

Songster
9 Years
Sep 20, 2010
2,603
55
182
West Lebanon, NY
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.
 

Kaceyx73

Chirping
9 Years
Dec 14, 2010
157
0
99
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
 

WGB

In the Brooder
12 Years
Jan 24, 2008
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Works good! You'll get a good laugh when they touch the fence.
 

peteyfoozer

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 5, 2011
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5
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SE Oregon
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.
 

LittleDarlings

Chirping
8 Years
Jul 14, 2011
118
2
93
Madison, GA
peteyfoozer
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!
I don't have an electric fence...yet, but I didn't realize they were that strong! Thanks for the tip!
 

Mac in Wisco

Antagonist
12 Years
May 25, 2007
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SW Wisconsin
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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