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I've been searching the internet for electric fence supplies (to keep nosy bears and people out:p) and I am very intimidated by the supplies required and I wouldn't even know how to set up one. Can anyone direct me to a good dealer and an online guide? I would really appreciate it! Thanks!
 

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Dragon,

It is easy, just do a search at this site.

FYI, here is something that I posted some time ago relative to bears and electric fences.

ELECTRIC BEAR FENCE FOR BEE YARDS

I live in bear country and before I got my first colony I built my bear fence. It consists of three 16'X4' cattle panels, one cut in half to make a 8'X16' yard. Four corners consist of heavy steel pipe with fiber optics conduit slid over as an insulator. The cattle panels are secured to the insulation and off the ground. The panels are wired together with bare copper wire and soldered. This is the "hot" side.
I use a Paramak brand Magnum 12 volt solar fence charger which is expensive but of reliable quality to charge the system. (Shop for best $)
CO is very arid so I put an 18" wide "skirt" of sheet metal on the ground 6" outside the cattle panels & spiked to the ground. Chicken wire as suggested above would work. The fence charger is grounded to an 8' copper clad ground rod & all of the "skirt" is bare copper wired/soldered together & tied to the ground rod. System has been tested by the bears & it works well. Look at http://www.kencove.com/fence/76_Bear+Fence_resource.php for info. Good luck & be safe.

Steve
 

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I like Premier personally. And electric fence is pretty easy to set up, biggest issues usually are a good ground and keeping stuff off the wire that will ground out the charge.
 

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On your list of supplies, add a fence tester. It does not have to be a fancy one. There are two types i recommend. One flashes lights as to the amount of volts the other gives a digital readout. There is a fancier one. It shows which direction you are shorting on.
Personally hubby uses either of the cheaper ones. I like the one with the dig readout. I have troubles checking the lights with a suit on. I think it was 50-60 cnd funds. The light one is 15.00 cnd funds.
you need 5000v to keep a bear out. Here are some pics of our fences which have worked well in bear country. Similar idea as to Bear Creek, with the difference of no wire and stuff on the ground.
http://s256.photobucket.com/albums/hh162/rockridgecattle/bees/
 

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I have had good luck with the electric netting from Premiere combined with a solar energizer. I first got the electric netting idea from the migratory beeks protecting their hives from bear in my area.

In addition to the ground built into the fence I sink a 4' ground rod and attach (jump) a wire between the fence ground and the extra ground rod.

I use several types of energizers and I have been happy with both. A Parmak that is good but pricey and a Speedrite (S500) that probably has a little less "oomph" but is more affordable.

I second the notion to get a tester - my vote goes to the digital readout.

Keep the area under your fence well mowed.

My last test showed fence voltage of 7.8KW. It is working for me.
 

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I agree, Premier fence is the way to go with the 20B charger ,it can't get any easier..also they help trouble shoot like no other, I was on my cell phone in the bee yard, and they were there to help figure out the solution
 
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