Electric fence

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by JiMyra, May 17, 2013.

  1. JiMyra

    JiMyra In the Brooder

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    We have been having a lot of trouble this spring with coons, and dogs. They were geting into our fully fenced run and coop at night. Two weeks ago I put an electric fence around at 6 " height. No problems now. Hope it continues to work.
     
  2. thomasboyle

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    Is that a 6" (inch) fence or 6' (foot) fence? If six foot, I think you are well on your way to Fort Knox! If six inch, I'd go 3-4 feet higher! Electric fences bring peace of mind!
     
  3. Can anyone explain how the electric fence works and how much they are? Thanks
     
  4. jamie7100

    jamie7100 Chirping

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    We bought electronet fencing from Premier (http://www.premier1supplies.com/c/fencing/) last year after we had foxes devastate our flock. In order to get a decent area for your chickens, you should plan to buy 3-5 fences and hook them together. There is definitely a large setup cost but it can be worth it. You will also need a good fencer and maintain the area around the fence to keep the weeds down.
     
  5. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    I am using a single strand of wire at 6" (six inches) above ground and away from coop and having very good repelling action against dogs (big ones), raccoons, and red foxes. They do not like getting zapped in their little footsies when trying to get past wire of coops.
     
  6. sn0wwhite

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    Does your electric bill go up with a fence like that? Is it very significant?
     
  7. jamie7100

    jamie7100 Chirping

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    We have ours on a solar fencer, so no change in the electricity.
     
  8. sn0wwhite

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    I may have to look into that. I've seen foxes run through my yard and I KNOW there are racoons out there...
     
  9. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    I use solar charger as well. The fencing does not exclude the wild predators from entering yard but it does keep them from messing around pens. My dogs then keep them out of yard.
     
  10. sn0wwhite

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    If the chickens touch the wire, are they ok?
     

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