I decided to install a solar electric fence after the pigs got settled in their new home. I wanted to close off part of our back field to let them pasture some and give them some room to roam. So I went and picked up a Gallagher Solar Charger and screwed down the hot and ground and let it sit on the porch a few days to charge.
I ziptied it to the fence to make sure it was pointed in a general southern direction
I proceeded to pound in a grounding rod, luckily the ground was soft
I grabbed the electric tape and insulators
and went around and mounted the insulators on the fencing
and ran a loop of tape
and brought back and clipped on the hot lead and fired it up
it seemed to work!
so after running them on the wire in the pen for 10 days and hearing a zap and a squeal every soft often in the middle of the night I decided to section off some of the field so they have room to roam. A bored pig looks for trouble and tries to find ways to escape. A happy will hang around if they have food, water, clean bedding and something to keep their mind busy. They are very smart animals.
I started with a test, a peanut butter sandwich , they loved those things. I figured if I put a sandwich right under the wire and it was still sitting there by the time I got done enclosing the field, I could trust them to be out there
I grabbed some grade stakes, wire and insulators, I figured I wouldd give them a 40 by 100 room to graze
I started by placing the stakes out every eight feet
and grabbed my lawn mower and went around and cut down the grass around them
sandwich check, still there
I mounted the insulators, I went with one about 6 inches up and one 12 inches up to run a double loop. You want to hit the pig on the snout so it backs up, not on the head behind the ears, that will cause the pig to surge forward right through the fence
I ran the loop around and doubles it back
and unleashed the pigs
the standoff, my dog wasn’t quite sure what to think
and they were happy as pigs in clover, literally
Powers up to 10 acres/1 mile of multi-wire fence
Stored energy: 0.17 Joules
Built-in solar panel charges battery, even on cloudy days