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Rat vs Electric Fence

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by BradnKellie, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. BradnKellie

    BradnKellie Out Of The Brooder

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    The rat faught the fence......and the fence WON.

    This is the same fence that I have around my coop and run. I have yet to have anything get in that I didn't want in.


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  2. juliawitt

    juliawitt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is the best looking rat I've seen in a long time.......They look best dead. Now, how do you get him off?
     
  3. BradnKellie

    BradnKellie Out Of The Brooder

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    I turned off the fence and just used a pair of pliers.
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    I had the same thing happen this summer to 2 toads, 1 frog and a mouse. I was shocked (no pun intended) that the fence killed these critters, but they were very dead and caught in the fence, so it must be.
     
  5. NateinFL

    NateinFL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You must have been shocked to see that, but I bet the rat was more shocked than you were [​IMG]
     
  6. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    you must have a steady on fence
     
  7. harewizard

    harewizard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    WoW![​IMG]
    That is a first for me- I have never seen anything like that. I think I have an understanding of how electric fences work;
    they are charged with electric- you touch them- they shock you. Enough electric- they will kill you. Right?

    Did that rat bite the fence? I'm not sure why he is hanging there? You had to plier him off? And another poster said they got toads...? So the toad is hopping along and ...ZING!... dead?

    Maybe I need more coffee [​IMG]
     
  8. BradnKellie

    BradnKellie Out Of The Brooder

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    Jenjscott: No, it is not a steady-on fence. It is a standard fence energizer.

    harewizard: The fence energizer, simply put, works on a R-C (resistor-capacitor) circuit. Household electricity, 120VAC, is transformed via a transformer and a bridge rectifier to a DC voltage, I am not sure of the DC voltage level in this case. The DC voltage charges a capacitor (much like a battery) thru a resistor until a predetermined voltage level is achieved, i.e. 1000VDC. When a conductive object (RAT) creates a bridge between the output of the capacitor and ground the voltage is discharged thru the conductive object (RAT). At this point the capacitor must recharge for about 1 second before it can deliver another discharge. If you ever trip and fall on top of an electric fence you will notice, much to your discomfort, that you get a jolt about every second until you can get off the fence.

    In this case, I assume that the rat reached out from the concrete block to grab the fence...it bit him....he decided to bite back and got locked up in the continuous recharge/zap/recharge/zap of the fence as his tail was touching the ground (the end of which was burnt black). I only used the pliers to avoid touching a very possibly flea/lice/disease infested critter.
     
  9. ohiofarmgirl

    ohiofarmgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    rock on!!!
     
  10. harewizard

    harewizard Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Beautifully written and totally understandable!!

    Thanks! [​IMG]
     

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