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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:34 am 
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We have just had another fox attack this one in daylight when they were out of their yard. I have read some info on electric fencing to keep the foxes out but wondered if anyone on the forum has done this with any success. We have one fence with a solar battery for the cattle and could run another line off it but would like to know if it has worked for others before I go down that track.

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Ive seen a show on telly where this guy used them to protect his turkeys. The only thing I could add would be to use the electirc fencing they use for Lowlines and such the smaller spikes with more strands.

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We have a 2 strand electric 5 foot fence and the foxes just jump it to get into our property, so unfortunately for us the electric fence is keeping the livestock in but not the foxes out
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Yeah Im wondering if you could run the smaller one inside the standard one hmmm :?

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Haven't used it, but plan to. When the new pen is built, I plan to run one strand close to the ground and the other about fox nose height. Hopefully first investigation by a fox will lead to a ZAP! Make sure you keep all vegetation away from the wires. If you have it for stock you already know that though. :roll:

In Canada they have what is called a predator fence for places that keep sheep. It is 8 strands of electric very close together. Helps keep the coyotes, wolves and bears out. Sheep are just to yummy and hard to come by there that even the wild things want them!


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Hi Berta,

I have never used electric fencing for chooks, but I know Timbo uses it all the time. Send him a pm and ask for details - I'm sure he wouldn't mind. He lives in the UK and they have a major fox problem there - much worse than us.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 17, 2008 7:46 pm 
Hi Berta,
Look up the Farmers' Mailbox (fmb.com.au): they have an electric mesh product for poultry. I think it's pricey per 50m roll, but they use the stuff at my local free range egg farm, so it obviously works (and not pricey compared to multi-strands). It looks very easy to use, except you have to keep the grass down around the perimeter (but no more a chore than with any other electric fence). The bottom strand isn't live.
It's held up by simple tread-ins and can be very easily moved around to suit.
I have too hilly a block otherwise I'd have bought some myself!
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http://www.allsun.com.au/Electranets.html

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I have been using a combination of wire netting & electric wire fencing for about 4 months now without any fox breaches. It is made of a stand-off hot wire about 250mm off-ground infront of Waratah Stocksafe 13/90/15 and 2 hot wires at the top.

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SillyM wrote:
I have been using a combination of wire netting & electric wire fencing for about 4 months now without any fox breaches. It is made of a stand-off hot wire about 250mm off-ground infront of Waratah Stocksafe 13/90/15 and 2 hot wires at the top.


I would love to see a picture of you set up.

I had some of the electric netting and HATED it! It never really worked for me. My expectations may have been to high for it, but it always seemed to sag and was never a nice, tidy looking fence and even though I kept the grass out of it, it was forever shorting out.


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The Guru wrote:
http://www.allsun.com.au/Electranets.html


they wont be selling them any more thats the last shipment came in and i got one of them.

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Coopslave,
Sorry, I haven't mastered the photo business yet.

To describe,
-split posts are about 6m apart.
-wire netting is hung/tied to a plain wire at 900mm.
-stand-off insulator's are clipped directly to netting at every second post to hold hot-wire at 250mm (fox nose/shoulder high)
- above the netting at 1050mm & 1200mm are hot wires.
- netting is earthed.
- standard rural fencing construction principles applied.
- use Round-up to control weeds & prevent earthing out.

hope this helps.
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Sounds really good. Think I will try something like that here. We don't see many foxes, but it is a prime environment for them. You just know they are lurking out there....waiting.


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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 10:05 pm 
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I have an electric fence for more than 10 years now. "Nothing" can get through but few rabbits only. Foxes won’t even come near it. They have learned that my fence is "deadly".
It a 9 wires fence with the positive on the top & bottom. It has 5 positives & 4 negatives. The real trick is it has a stubby fence about 30 cm in front of it. This confuses foxes, etc...: they get zapped. A few will try to dig through the stubby fence but will be zapped by the main fence or the stubby because of confusions.
If you can build another stubby fence behind the main fence it will nicer/better. Using a bi-polar zapper will enhance the fence. Mine is just an 8,000 volts electric fence, using a Daken zapper... The actual power on the fence line is between 4,000 to 5,000 volts because of energy lost in the wires, connections, vegetation, etc..
The stubby consist of 3 wires with the negative in the middle. It is about 30 cm above ground: no need of a higher one...
No fence will stop rabbits 100% unless you spend a lot of money on it. Rabbits dig through. This help foxes to get in. My electric fence does not make rabbits dig. They just go through it. When zapped they wont come back. This way they do not help foxes to get in under the fence.


Here are klt3912's fence photos! Excellent pictures! NellyG (Mod)

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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2009 10:08 pm 
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Our electric fence certainly stopped my dog killing our chooks.

Don't even have to turn it on anymore.

Best thing for foxes is lead, delivered quickly. :P :P :P

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