electric fencing

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by eastercreek, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. eastercreek

    eastercreek Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2011
    Benton, LA
    We are considering running electric fencing around the base of the outside of our run to give any potential predators at a scare if they touch it. However...if a chicken happens to poke her head out of out 2x4 welded wire fence will it hurt them that bad? I have been shocked a dozen times by these fences but I am a lot bigger than a chicken!
  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    It won't kill them. I free range everyday so I turn it off when they leave the coop in the morning & turn it back on when they roost at night.
  3. Squishypuff

    Squishypuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    Kernersville, NC
    You can buy a fence charger with a smaller amount of ZAP (technical word, right there!). Mine is a mega-charger meant for obese ponies who try to lean over the fence to eat grass that they should not have, so it packs a major punch. The little garden ones aren't bad at all, i can grab those and it just produces a slightly uncomfortable feeling. Enough to deter things smarter than myself, apparently! I don't go near my current fence without it unplugged, because that charger will literally knock me off my feet.
  4. perchie.girl

    perchie.girl Desert Dweller Premium Member

    Quote:They make poultry netting for free ranging that is elecrified. I cant use it on my place the land is too dry.
  5. barrelmom

    barrelmom Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 28, 2010
    I have a twin wire about 6" off the ground and another about 4' off the ground around my coop. Periodically everything gets shocked around here - chickens, kids, dogs, cats, me, etc. It isn't a problem and doesn't hurt...much. I had a three week old chick get shocked the other day. It was fine!
  6. Mervin

    Mervin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2010
    Central Pennsyltucky
    I have a small charger like this one. The birds don't seem to mind it at all. They've always got their heads through the fence. A lot of modern chargers, including this one, only pulse. They're not always on. The idea is that once the pulse is off, the animal will react and move away from the fence before the situation becomes grave. I get shocked a couple of times a week b/c I'm too lazy to throw the cut-off switch. My kids have gotten it once or twice. No big deal, but it has seemed effective with dogs, skunks, racoons, etc.

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