Electric Fence

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Bandera Grassland, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Bandera Grassland

    Bandera Grassland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Does anyone have experience with using electrified poultry netting? If so, what is the recommended voltage for chickens? I'm concerned for my chickens safety because I have a hot wire around my oat patch to keep out feral hogs. I use a Satfix M6 energizer that powers out 7800 volts. My chickens are beginning to range near the oats. I would love for them to go in and eat, but I'm worried about what may happen if they hit that hot wire. Is it enough electricity to kill a chicken?
     
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Why don't you turn it off during the day. Hogs are normally nocturnal. My hot wire is on a timer.
     
  3. Brahma Mamma

    Brahma Mamma Out Of The Brooder

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    This is what we use:

    http://www.premier1supplies.com/poultry/species.php?source=google&gclid=CLuY5KCS4aQCFYlY2god73PNLg

    One mid-morning I heard our flock that lives out in the field (they stay in a travel trailer at night) sounded the alarm big time. I ran down there with our shotgun and there, outside that wonderful feather net electric fence, was a coyote just standing at the fence staring at the chickens (who were staring back-duh...). So, this fence works great (we've seen weasel AND racoon track around it) AND it's movable!!!

    Yeah!

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  4. Brahma Mamma

    Brahma Mamma Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh, and, the fence might zap them but it won't hurt them.
     
  5. Bandera Grassland

    Bandera Grassland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I thought of a timer, but my chickens internal clock mimics those of the hogs. Many of my hogs come up during the day as well, but the majority (about 50 I counted in the oats a couple of days ago) go off during the day and return in the evening. My chickens aren't ready to come in until right at dusk. Just before then is a hatch of bugs and everyone gets really excited chasing the "night bugs". The hogs arrive before dark also and enter the oats. If I set the electric fence to come on when the chickens go to bed, I would be locking the hogs IN the oats at night.

    I keep coming back to the idea of building a ramp the chickens can use to walk over the electric wire (something too small for the pigs to use). Even so, what happens if one accidentally touches a hot wire. Does anyone know what the tolerance level is for poultry? I sent an inquiry to Stafix, but have not received a reply.
     
  6. Bandera Grassland

    Bandera Grassland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Question for Brahma Mamma:
    Wht size is your charger--how many volts?
     
  7. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Even so, what happens if one accidentally touches a hot wire. Does anyone know what the tolerance level is for poultry? I sent an inquiry to Stafix, but have not received a reply.

    They squawk LOUDLY and move MUCH faster

    Otherwise there are no ill effects

    You may be getting 7800 volts AT the charger, but actual voltage on the netting will be a LOT less​
     
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2010
  8. Brahma Mamma

    Brahma Mamma Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:It is 8000 volts. We have it powered by a series of connected electric cords...
     
  9. Bandera Grassland

    Bandera Grassland Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you! I feel Soooo much better now.
     
  10. Airplaneguy57

    Airplaneguy57 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As in Bandera Texas? If so I do know down the river around Rio Medina the hog numbers are really climbing. I'm getting ready to set some traps. Mmmmmm hog meat.
     

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