Setting up an electric fence


10 Years
May 25, 2009
Long Island, New York
I'm setting up an electric fence to go around all of my animal pens. We have raccoons here and I've seen them numerous times sneaking into the pens and eating the feed (at least it's just the feed!).
I'm trying to figure out exactly what parts I need to set this up.
So far, I know I need;

A fence charger. I was looking at this one:

Wire: I'm interested in the polywire

A grounding rod: Does it matter how tall it is?

Wood post insulators: My fence is made of wood, so I want to use these ones.

Can I use a charger like the one I posted above with a battery? Like a car battery? Would I need anything additional for that to work?

I like this type of setup because of how simple it is and because of the low cost.

Am I missing anything else? I think I'd need something for the gates.

An electric fence is great to have to help detour predators but it's just that, a detour. Feeding predators lead is the permanent solution and works better than anything!
Protect your chickens!
The charger you linked to will NOT work with a battery, and is really not a good charger at all..
You should use a "low impedence": PULSING charger to be safe and effective, and run it off grid current.

Specs on that charger:

"Input voltage: 3 VDC, 13 mA. Output Voltage: 800 V +/- 20-Percent "

My WEAKEST chargers put out at least 10 times that much voltage

A decent battery powered charger will cost closer to $200

I'd recommend a Par Mak charger, and get the biggest you can afford.
No one ever complained about a charger being too strong, especially when using Polywire

Ground rods should be at least 6 feet long
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