Well, I have heard of hummingbirds being killed on fences that have
colored insulators. The trick is to try to keep the hot wire more than
a bird's length away from any other wire and use plain black or white
insulators. A length of PVC pipe can also be slipped over posts. Some
fence chargers provide a lot more zap than others.
All this balloney about birds. How about children and pets?
Personally, I've been zapped crossing electric cattle fences while
hunting and shock was very mild. Probably just enough to discourage
the animals but otherwise harmless. Electric fences, tall fences or
netting are the only sure remedies to keep deer away from plants.
I use electric wire to _control_ my pets... One or two zaps and the dogs
never go near them again.
Children? Warn them. Electric fencing hurts but it's harmless. If the
child is stupid (or stubborn) enough to touch a wire once they've been
warned, I'll guarantee you they will only do it once!
No harm done.
I've run the wheelbarrow up against mine and gotten shocked.<G>
I then have to move it away from it with gloved hands, or my feet with
shoes on. It's just surprising and uncomfortable, it really does not
It's not like getting electrocuted or anything!
I've shocked myself when cleaning walls and accidently getting spray
cleaner running down into a live wall socket. THAT'S different! An
electric fence is no comparison to actually getting zapped by live
current! Glass cleaner is a great conductor. :-P
"My mother never saw the irony in calling me a Son of a bitch"
I don't understand your logic then. You warn against kids and pets yet
give a testimonial of only receiving a mild shock when crossing cattle
fences. If it's otherwise harmless that would carry over to kids and
pets, too, unless there was a medical reason (pace maker) directly
Growing up on and around ranches in the '60s and '70s, and testing my
grandpa's electrical knowledge just a few times, the current used to
discourage the cattle (and coyotes) was non-fatal. I can't see anyone
increasing the power just to get roasted pigeons or BBQ finch.
Put out strong smelling deodorant soap for temporary protection. You
can either hang the bar of soap around vulnerable plants, or take a
potato peeler and whittle off slices all over the garden.
How effective it is depends on how desperate the deer are, but we've
found it works pretty well at keeping the deer away from my mom's
flowers in the summer. It didn't work so well around the ornamental
cabbage in the winter.
"Maybe you'd like to ask the Wizard for a heart."
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