This electric fence box, to much for poultry???

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by KYBOY, May 2, 2009.

  1. KYBOY

    KYBOY Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 8, 2008
    We are buying a new fence box for the goats..My wife is fencing in a few new acres and its gonna take a good box to braze the weeds..I was looking at a large box that is rated for heavy wet weeds but its 2 joules and 10,000 volts in a 2 mile range..Getting progressively weaker after that (down to about 4,000 at 50 miles or so)..It takes a good 4,000-6,000 volt rating to keep thick haired stubborn goats from crawling thru/under often times..heres my worry..
    Ive had a small fence box (2-mile) only rated at about 2,000 volts kill small birds and a large blacksnake before when they got on the fence and grounded themselves..Now this was a "constant" box while the large one is a 1-second pulsing box..
    Im not an electrician..I myself have been hit with 50,000 volt taser shields (training) and while it hurt I couldent see it killing anything..Ive also been in more than my share of electric fences ..
    Some of our pultry is free ranging..Most notably the guineas..I dont want a box that will end up killing my guineas when they walk head first into the bottom strand....
    Am I worrying for nothing? What do you think?
  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] I'm supposed to be the smart one and I get shocked much more often than the dog.

    I dunno. I have a 2,500 volt constant state, and it does like you say, it will kill birds and squirrels IF they ground themselves on something else. It only happened when they either sat or crawled on the chainlink fence and then grabbed the hot wire while still on the grounded fence.

    I guess if your chickens would be sticking their necks through a grounded fence and then touching the electric - I would worry.
  3. English Chick

    English Chick English Mum

    Jun 27, 2008
    Cheshire UK
    I would worry if I where you.................zap!

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