Elec­tric fenc­ing

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QI have had fox prob­lems in the past and sub­se­quently got some of that orange mesh elec­tric fenc­ing. I do like it as it can be moved around to suit me and my hens. I heard that the elec­tric cur­rent can short out if grass or twigs get on it and so I keep the grass short and the bat­tery checked. How­ever, af­ter sev­eral weeks of safety and se­cu­rity for my hens, the fox got in and slaugh­tered nearly all of them.

VR SAYS: I am sorry to hear of your loss. It is ab­so­lutely dev­as­tat­ing when this hap­pens. There are two types of this plastic fenc­ing, a larger mesh which has sev­eral elec­tric strands run­ning hor­i­zon­tally through it and a smaller plastic mesh (like builders use) with no elec­tric strands but a wire is run along­side the fence about 15cm away and 15cm above the ground – this is at fox nose height – and put on in­su­lated posts. A tester for an elec­tric fence is a good in­vest­ment as the cur­rent may have be­come weaker over time. A mains pulse unit is more pro­tec­tive (if con­ve­nient) as it is al­ways at full force and should never be turned off – care with chil­dren and pets, though. I am not a fan of those fences as poul­try can get caught in the elec­tri­fied mesh ver­sion.

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