Is an electric fence dangerous to my flock?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Imker, Jun 17, 2011.

  1. Imker

    Imker Out Of The Brooder

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    I keep bees. I live in the mountains of Tennessee. I have a solar powered electric fence to keep the bears away from the hives. We let our chickens free range every day.

    Will a chicken survive being zapped by an electric fence?
     
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  2. mdbokc

    mdbokc Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, on smaller power fences for sure. Don't know about one juiced for bear.
     
  3. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had an electric fence around my garden & they were always going through it. I think their feathers ground it out. But if they touch it with their feet they will get a jolt.
     
  4. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    Will a chicken survive being zapped by an electric fence?

    Mine do all the time and my fence is 5-7000 volts​
     
  5. Imker

    Imker Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks. Tough to get a ground. That's what I thought. As long as a bug isn't dangling from a wire I guess I'll stop worrying about it.
     
  6. homesteadapps

    homesteadapps Chillin' With My Peeps

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    nes Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been told we'll have fried chicken if my chickies stand the wire fence and touch the cow's electric.

    So we're keeping them in the run until we can figure that out...
     
  8. Flawedatdesign

    Flawedatdesign Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How will the chickens react toward the bees? I would figure they would be thinking free lunch via easy buffet.
     
  9. Imker

    Imker Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry this took so long to answer!

    Haven't had a problem with it, though I've seen hens eat one out in the yard, when they come across a single honey bee on the clover. Still, the hens are young - larger butterflies will spook them; larger aggressive looking insects they avoid (wasps, bumble bees); and I think the sheer number of bees coming out of the hives makes them wary. We are always nearby when they free range ( we live way out in the country, and we are surrounded by woods full of predators.) We direct them away the bee yard and its electric fence, but honestly have never seen a chicken suddenly spy the hives, think "food", and head straight toward it.
     
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  10. Bear Foot Farm

    Bear Foot Farm Overrun With Chickens

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    I've been told we'll have fried chicken if my chickies stand the wire fence and touch the cow's electric.

    I doubt it would do any serious damage.

    A good charger only shocks for 1/10th of a second​
     

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