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Is electric fencing safe or effective for chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by biddyboo, Oct 11, 2010.

  1. biddyboo

    biddyboo Songster

    Apr 27, 2008
    Ashland, Missouri
    We have a large new raised flower bed that I want to protect from our hens' free-ranging demolition. While they have various places for dust bathing, this new attraction has their full attention and the bed won't survive their attacks if I cannot keep them out of it. Is electric fencing safe or effective for chickens? Is it repellent enough to discourage our hens from crossing the wires? Quite a few of them are known flyers and could of course sail right over, but if they walk up to the bed as they have been doing, hit the wire first, will they leave? I don't want to kill or badly hurt a hen to save a flower bed, but the hens need to be discouraged, to go to other dusty places in their large free range territory. I'm picturing two strands, one fairly low to the ground and the other raised enough they can't just hop over. There must be a solution here. Thanks for helping me figure it out. ~G

  2. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    I tried an electric fence around my veggie garden & the chickens walked right through it. Ended up using t-post & 4 foot welded wire from TSC . Seems like the wire was 100 feet for $ 60.00 .
  3. We only have our electric fence on at night to prevent predators from getting near our coops (even though they are built like Ft. Knox). We had one hen that would NOT come in one night but forgot and turned on the fence....yep...it killed her when she came back to the pen after dark.
  4. Organics North

    Organics North Songster

    Dec 30, 2009
    Wisconsin Northwoods
    What the heck you running for a fencer? Killed her? Wow!

    I use electric to keep preds out not chickens in. To keep chickens out use the cheapest "chicken wire" you can find. I have everything I do not want the chickens in fenced off.
  5. Yes, we only use the electric fence for predator control and that's why it's only on at night after everyone is safely in the coop. It's just a regular 1 mile plug-in fence controller.

    Like this one:

  6. Clodbuster

    Clodbuster In the Brooder

    May 13, 2009
    Quote:Were you using netting and what was the spacing of the wires? - I am assuming she got stuck in the wires as no way would that piddly energiser kill her with general contact.
  7. No...not using netting. Just a plain wire around the bottom of the coop. I'm sure she must have gotten tangled in it somehow.

  8. Clodbuster

    Clodbuster In the Brooder

    May 13, 2009
    Quote:That is the only way it could have happened, unfortunately that does occur but there are new fence energisers on the market coming out of Germany that sense what is touching the fence and reacts differently, dropping power when an animal is in the fence. If this continues an alarm is sounded.

  9. Thanks for sharing that info. I will be on the lookout for them.
  10. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
    Egglanta, GA
    Use strong wire. NOT electric fence. Usually kills. Don't listen to the ads. I've heard disgusting stories about it. I don't even wanna go there today. DON'T, DO NOT use it.


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