help with electric fencing!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by patnjess, Feb 12, 2011.

  1. patnjess

    patnjess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    I know nothing about it, I want to run it around the coop and the pig pen area. the foxes and coons have taken 15 of my birds and they are so smart and have avoided all my traps, so now I'm onto the big guns.
    so I need to know everything, what I need to buy, how to set it up, what kind, so forth and so on. I'm done with these murders.
  2. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    Here are 3 places to start looking, and Those 3 will tell you everything you need to know and they show you how to set up your fence.
  3. dirtsaver

    dirtsaver Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 20, 2010
    Northern Kentucky
    Also check out . Their site has sections on getting started,which explains a lot about electric fencing componets and installation. They also have a section on predator control too.

  4. mominoz

    mominoz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 17, 2009
    North Georgia
    "premier fencing"," Ramm fencing" are the two I used for horses and birds. They have the best connectors that last. Both on the web with great info.
  5. heathersboers

    heathersboers Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 2, 2010
    Go to Tractor supply, buy the poly wire and some fiberglas poles- cheap, neat and easy- Our whole property is set up this way- also buy a 10 mile box- NO SOLAR- they are not good!!
  6. AlbionWood

    AlbionWood Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 24, 2010
    Albion, California
    This page really helped me figure out what to do:

    The keys are wire placement, enough power (measured in joules, not volts), and proper grounding. Do this right and you will virtually eliminate predation. Coons in particular are tricky though, your fence has to be working all the time, they can tell if it's off. When you first get everything hooked up, bait the wire by smearing some peanut butter on it (just BEFORE you energize). That will help "train" the raccoons to respect the wire.

    I run aluminum wire about 4" off the ground, and polytape at knee-height. The low wire keeps critters from crawling under the fence, and the polytape is at dog-nose height; it also is a visual warning for those critters who have already learned to respect the fence. If a bear comes around, I'll add another wire about hip-high and bait it.

    These things really work, if you build them right and keep them maintained. And electric fencing is way easier and faster to put up than any other kind of fence. I wouldn't even try to keep chickens without the hot wire. Do it quickly, while you still have some chickens left!
  7. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 9, 2009
    Olympia, WA
    Quote:Good advice!

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  8. patnjess

    patnjess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    thanks guys! this is something we are going to start doing today. We found a spot near the roof where they were getting in. We have 25 chicks with more hatching and I sure as heck don't want them to die [​IMG]

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