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post #1 of 17 Old 10-30-2007, 04:48 PM Thread Starter
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Urgent!! Need help figuring out a fence problem

I've got a donkey who's ducking under a fence that should be VERY powerful. He's not getting shocked at all. I even lowered the fence so he'd be touching it more. He's still going under and not getting shocked.
It's a car battery charger. The charger is both ticking and flashing, so it seems to be on. It's hooked up to a ground rod which should be low enough...what else could be wrong with it?
I'm going to get a fence tester tomorrow hopefully, but until then I need to keep him in. We're right next to a main route. And cars go very fast.
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post #2 of 17 Old 10-30-2007, 08:07 PM
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Is the fence grounded someplace on a weed or grass? If it is ticking really fast that usually means it is grounded someplace. IF all else fails touch the fence, it only hurts for a second. I have done it many times. You might also think about putting up another strand. You may have to tie him till you can get your fence working properly, if you have no place else to contain him.


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post #3 of 17 Old 10-30-2007, 08:31 PM
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i pesonally do not think u need to touch the fence to test it.my dad and i take a screwdriver with a plastic handle and take it to the fence if it does not jump from about an eighth of an inch away or less try touching it if it still does not jump then it does not work and u save yourself a shock.we also use a fence charger that is solar powered it just has a little solar panel on it and it charges every sunny day and it conserves it so it works at night and on a cloudy day.

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post #4 of 17 Old 10-30-2007, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Well, we got a fence tester, but it was confusing. It popped in some places and not others. I tied him for awhile and then we ended up shoving a galvanized round pen panel up against to parallel walls on our house, the entrance to one of the doorways. and shoved a couple heavy picnic tables/workbenches/2x4s and tied it up real good. Looks like the owner will probably have to come get him. My colt hasn't gotten out yet, which makes me think the fence is working. But I'm worried about him being alone once Donkey's gone.

Thanks for the help.
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post #5 of 17 Old 10-30-2007, 08:44 PM
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i pesonally do not think u need to touch the fence to test it.my dad and i take a screwdriver with a plastic handle and take it to the fence if it does not jump from about an eighth of an inch away or less try touching it if it still does not jump then it does not work and u save yourself a shock.we also use a fence charger that is solar powered it just has a little solar panel on it and it charges every sunny day and it conserves it so it works at night and on a cloudy day.
Oh come on touch the fence, its so much more fun We used to get a bunch of kids to hold hands and get the youngest on the end while the front one touched the fence sending a jolt to the youngest. I was a mean kid


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post #6 of 17 Old 10-30-2007, 08:47 PM
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On a serious note, it sounds like you have a problem with your charger. maybe an insulator shorting it out ?


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post #7 of 17 Old 10-30-2007, 10:10 PM Thread Starter
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What would it mean for an isulator to be shorting out? Would it still work in some places if that were the case? I know very little about electric fencing. I've been trying to get more info, but it's been hard, and I don't have the money to hire a professional to come and do the fence for me.
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post #8 of 17 Old 10-31-2007, 06:08 AM
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i dont know much myself about electric fences so this may end up being a dumb comment but ill give it a go anyways :)

maybe for some reason there isnt a constant current going through the fence. if this were the case then maybe he is detecting when the current is at its weakest or even non-existent. if they are anything like horses, they could tell when the fence isnt wired.

just a thought :)

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post #9 of 17 Old 10-31-2007, 06:44 AM
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You need to check the fence at the very end of the line/wire. and at the very beginning. If it is getting juice at the beginning and end then your charger is working. If you get juice at the beginning and not the end there is something interferring with the current. Check to make sure there is nothing touching the wire, grass weeds etc. then check all your posts to make sure the wire isnt touching the post (if its metal or wood). If you are using the elect. webbed type fencing and you had to make a splice somewhere I always wrap the cut ends with elect. tape.
At the charger end make sure all your connections are good. where you have connected the fence to the charger I use an insulated wire to go from the charger to wherever my fence starts, make sure you have a good connection there and wrap it with elect. tape.

They can be very frustrating sometimes if you arent getting current all the way down the line. I'm not an electrician but a farmers daughter picks this stuff up I guess :) Make sure your charger fits the distance you are going. A 1/4 mile charger wont have enough juice for 1 mile. If you don't have and electic outlet for your charger I have run extension cord to them even though it says not to. I finally broke down and bought a solor powered one and they work good to as long as you don't have too many cloudy days in a row. The donkey sounds like he needs a pretty aggressive charger. Some of them (I dont recall the different types) give a little jolt and then it gets progressively stronger your fellow may be getting a little jolt and he is ignoring it and he is threw the fence by the time the jolt get strong enough to stop him. Hope this helps and good luck.


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post #10 of 17 Old 11-02-2007, 02:47 AM
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I would run a second strand. I love my electric fence - my horses love their field and respect that fence! It was funny though, because I had the fence turned off for a long time this summer, but our mare accidentally discovered this when browsing at the top of the hill where there is only a single strand, and must have walked right under without noticing until it was already touching her - we had a few days in a row then of her enjoying finding all of the easy to slip out spots until I turned the fence back on :)
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