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What is the best way to install an electric wire to keep canine (fox, coyote and domesticated dogs) from getting under a field fence?

How long should the hangers be? 5 inches? 6 inches? These will be attaching to t-post and wooden post.

How high off the ground should the first strand of be ran?

Is there a certain brandname hangers you recommend?

Is there a certain type of wire you recommend?

Timeline for the build is the end of October. I want the electric fence up and running before winter gets here. The coyotes and foxes need to stay outside the chicken yard and starve.
 

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Either of these insulators for the t-posts:

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/zarebareg;-black-5-in-snap-on-reversed-insulator-pack-of-25

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/zarebareg;-yellow-5-in-snap-on-reversed-insulator?cm_vc=IOPDP

These for wooden inline posts:

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/zarebareg;-black-nail-on-5-in-extender-insulator-pack-of-25

These for the corners:

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/zarebareg;-corner-post-porcelain-insulator-pack-of-10

I prefer 12 1/2 gauge wire, but 14 will work fine. I don't like to use anything smaller than that. It breaks too easily.

I'd put the bottom strand about 6 inches off the ground, and another strand about 15" high.
 

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I've done it both with and without the long insulators. If your posts are on the same side as the electric wire (and opposite the field fence), you don't need the long insulators.

Those corner insulators are good for inside corners but for outside corners on wooden posts I used these

http://www.tractorsupply.com/en/store/fi-shocktrade;-small-screw-in-insulator

I put at least two on each corner post to keep the wire from touching the post.

I went about 8" above the ground but had to keep it mowed or the weeds would make the wire ground out and/or threaten to start a fire.

But it worked good.

I think the smaller critters (coyotes, etc) don't need a second wire. They'll sniff that low one and get a nice shock and they're gone.
 

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PARMAK makes good chargers at a reasonable price and they are made in the USA.

I'd put the bottom wire just high enough to allow the deck of a riding mower underneath.
 

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I 've never seen an electric fence keep out wildlife. They will find a spot to go under, over, or right through it. Only domesticated animals have any respect for the fence.
 

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I use T post insulators on the chicken coop but clip them right to the fence itself rather than just the posts. I run the lowest strand about 4" above the ground...but you have to keep the weeds and grass down or it will short the fence.

I have fence over the entire top as well. Never lost a chicken to an animal.

Personally, I don't think the electric fence really does much, its complete fence coverage and a locked coop at night that I think really protects them.





Ugh....just noticed this is an ancient thread....WTF do these keep poping up?
 

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Ugh....just noticed this is an ancient thread....WTF do these keep poping up?[/QUOTE]

It just didn't pop up. It was revived by a newbie. It must mean they are reading old threads. :D:
 
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