Need electric fence info
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  1. #1
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    Default Need electric fence info

    I got hit by a bear this past February (20 below zero) here in the Hudson Valley of NYS. I am now using an electric fence for the first time that gets juice from a long electric cord plugged into the house. Do I need to take any special precautions for when the snows come and bury the cord and pile up to the hot wires?
    EnCon told me that juvenile male bears are like teenage boys, in that they are always hungry, and cold weather does not necessarily mean your hives are safe until spring.

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  3. #2
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    Default Re: Need electric fence info

    I have a cord running to my electric fence. USUALLY rain has not been an issue. I have had one cord burn completely at the connection and blow the breaker, once in seven years. I have also had a couple of connections that corroded enough that they were not making a good connection anymore and had to be cleaned up with some emery cloth. I can't help you on first hand information on bears as I don't have any to deal with.
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    Stockholm, NJ, USA
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    Default Re: Need electric fence info

    This year, I am trying a DC electric fence connected to a deep cycle battery. The battery usually lasts 8 weeks in warm and mild weather. In conjunction with the electric fence, I use two ratcheting straps per hives, in a way that if it is knocked over the hive does not come apart.

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    Default Re: Need electric fence info

    Quote Originally Posted by roberto487 View Post
    This year, I am trying a DC electric fence connected to a deep cycle battery. The battery usually lasts 8 weeks in warm and mild weather.
    You can buy a small solar panel and attach it to the battery. Wellscroft sells them for about $40

  6. #5
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    Default Re: Need electric fence info

    If you use an extension, make sure it is rated for outdoor use, & keep the connections off the ground in case of flooding. You can protect them with something like these: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Twist-an...1000/207139731
    Always plug them in to a ground fault outlet.
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  7. #6
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    Default Re: Need electric fence info

    no matter what you do the snow is going to bend the wires down and short them out, I disconnect the bottom wires for winter, battery doesn't make it that long any way.
    mike syracuse ny
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