Win a copy of Compost Teas for the Organic Grower this week in the Composting forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education experiences global resources the cider press projects digital market permies.com private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Nicole Alderman
  • r ranson
  • Anne Miller
  • paul wheaton
  • Joseph Lofthouse
stewards:
  • Mike Jay
  • Jocelyn Campbell
  • Devaka Cooray
garden masters:
  • Steve Thorn
  • Dave Burton
  • Dan Boone
gardeners:
  • Joylynn Hardesty
  • Mandy Launchbury-Rainey
  • Mike Barkley

What kind of electric fencing do you use?

 
Posts: 77
18
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Hey, I'm wondering what kinds of electric fence everyone is using. I've been using Premier 1 for fencing and energizers from Tractor supply (Zareba). I love the fence, but the energizers don't seem to last. What have you had good luck with?
 
Posts: 34
Location: Acton (north Los Angeles County), CA
1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I'd like to join this search, also, as I need to fence in my raised beds to keep the rodents out.
 
Posts: 96
3
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

Justin Rhodes wrote:Hey, I'm wondering what kinds of electric fence everyone is using. I've been using Premier 1 for fencing and energizers from Tractor supply (Zareba). I love the fence, but the energizers don't seem to last. What have you had good luck with?



I got both my fence and energizers from premier 1. Both are still working well after 5 years, same battery too. Please note I do take both my fence and charger in during the winter and I have disconnected the bottom most shocking line so as to lower drag on the fence charger when the weeds grow in.
 
Jim Gardener
Posts: 34
Location: Acton (north Los Angeles County), CA
1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thank you for the lead. I contacted Premier 1. For small rodents, they recommend a 2' high hardware cloth (maximum 1/2") fence (grounded) with a hot 1/8" IntelliTwine cable 1" above it. They suggest their HotShock 5 (Plug-In) Energizer Kit (Item #1120052) to energize it, along with their 3/8" fiberglass rods and insulators.

Without the grounded hardware cloth fence, the rodents jump up and are no longer grounded, so don't get shocked.
 
Posts: 3366
Location: Kansas Zone 6a
37
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I had a zareba. Now I have a premiere1, the big plug in one. Completely different class of machine. It was recommended by a friend I trust. He has premiere, kencove, stafix, and another one I can't remember.

Pretty much any machine made in Germany, Australia, or New Zealand is good if you choose the specs to meet your needs..

If you want solar for anything more than a garden or tiny paddock; buy a 12v fencer, a deep cycle battery, and a solar panel and charge controller.
 
Posts: 113
Location: Hatfield, PA
2
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
We fenced our garden in with Premier's VersaNet 12/60/3 because we had both deer and rodents. The fence charger was the PRS 100. We had a great experience with both items, and no critters broke through. Looking forward to year two with them.
 
Justin Rhodes
Posts: 77
18
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Thanks for the replies. I've been using Premier 1 for the fencing for years (all year round) and it's been amazing. I haven't ever used anything else, and haven't needed to. I just wanted to make sure there wasn't something else superior.

I didn't have any luck with my Zareba energizers. I've been using Parmak for my solar and plug-in chargers and have had good success.
 
That feels good. Thanks. Here's a tiny ad:
Dairy Farming: The Beautiful Way by Adam Klaus
https://permies.com/wiki/43161/Dairy-Farming-Beautiful-Adam-Klaus
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!