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  1. #1
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    Default Recommendations for solar electric fencing

    Hey Guys,
    Any recommendations for a solar powered electric fence? I have 4 hives near my home in an orchard, to far to run any electric. Just put out my first hives this week. Its a very small area for the 4 hives, just need something like 10x10. Any recomendations on brands or joule size? Or any alternatives to a fence?
    Thanks!
    Brian

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    Default Re: Recommendations for solar electric fencing

    I have a Parmak 30 mile fencer. It seems to have done the trick. It pegs all of my testers. We normally have damp loam/clay soils and right now I am only using 1 6' ground rod.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for solar electric fencing

    I got a zareba from tractor supply. maxes out my tester. electrified barb

  4. #4
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    Default Re: Recommendations for solar electric fencing

    If its only a 10x10 area you may be better off getting a chainlink dog kennel kit and setting it up instead. Bears can go right through an electrice fence.

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    Default Re: Recommendations for solar electric fencing

    You're going to want something with some power, 1 joule or more at least. A little all-in-one solar unit doesn't have that power. I use a 30 watt solar panel attached to a marine battery with a 12 volt fence charger, a Stafix. It will run on 12 volt or 120. But I'm using it for chickens. It may or may not have killed one.

    For bears, don't use a regular electric fence, use a fence net like you can buy for chickens. A regular fence they can get through because they can poke their nose through without harm. A strike somewhere else is less of a problem. With a net, there's nowhere they can stick their nose through and not get hit. There are videos on YouTube where the bear refuses to charge the fence even baited with bacon.

  6. #6
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    Default Re: Recommendations for solar electric fencing

    I'm jinxing myself for posting this, but for the last couple of years we've had luck using a net and solar energizer from Premier 1. I can't afford to duplicate that setup in all of my yards, but will be able to use it as a model for the other yards with bear troubles.
    -Phil Domeier
    www.nowthenhoney.com

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    Default Re: Recommendations for solar electric fencing

    Parmak Magnum 12 turned a 300 lb male black bear into a big sissy here in Vermont. Three eight foot ground rods helps.
    Raising Vermont Bees one mistake at a time.
    USDA Zone 5A

  8. #8
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    Default Re: Recommendations for solar electric fencing

    hmmm.... it may be easier for my location for a 10x10 chain link fence setup. But i'm not sold yet. Is there any way to electrify a chain link fence? my hives are about a 1/4 mile from an power source, so i guess i could run a fence line down. Jusy liked the thought of a solar charged unit.

    And what is the importance of the ground rods? Keth - 3 ground rods of 8'? why is the 3 better?

    Thanks,
    Brian

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