Electric Fence for Chickens, Turkeys, Poultry etc.
Electric fencing is an affordable and easy option to contain free-range poultry and pastured broilers. In addition, electric fencing will help to deter predators who may prey on poultry.
Several variations of electric fencing can be used for poultry including:
- Two-wire system – This system uses a single wire 4-6 inches off the ground and a second wire 10 inches off the ground. Aluminum wire works well. A two-wire system is ideal for chickens that are kept on large areas, not tightly fenced runs.
- Electrified mesh netting – This option can be an effective means to deter predators and keep chickens, especially broilers, inside when they must be fenced tightly. Drawbacks are it is more expensive and the grass must be trimmed regularly along the fence line to prevent the current from shorting out. Electrified netting comes in rolls in a range of heights.
- Combination – Add electric wire to existing fences. The most important wire will be the ground wire which is place 4-6 inches off the ground with single-strand fences. Another wire on the top of the fence can help to deter climbing predators. Plastic insulators on wooden posts or clip-on insulators for T-posts will do the job. Galvanized steel wire is recommended, especially for the bottom wire.
An AC-powered low impedance fence charger is recommended for poultry. Fi-Shock's AC-Powered "Flock Shock" charger is designed specifically for containing large chickens and large poultry species. It has a 1 mile range under ideal conditions.
While it was originally designed to energize the installed anti-roost devices built in commercial poultry feeding systems, the "Flock Shock" charger is also effective for containing barnyard fowl. For larger areas, a charger rated for longer distances (2+ miles) may be warranted. A charger that generates at least 5,000 volts is sufficient to simultaneously contain poultry and deter predators.