I have an electric fence/wire around the top of my split-rail fence surrounding about 1 acre of land.
I keep finding dead birds right next to/under the fence wire. Not just one or two, but actually have found 6 birds so far this summer (small sparrows of something similar).
There is a wire going from a copper ground rod to the unit. Then from the unit around the 1 acre fence. For the last ~100ft or so, the wire splits down and goes along the bottom (the area where the dogs kept digging out).
I'm not SURE it's only in the area where the bottom split exists, but so far, that's the only area I've found birds.
There are weeds/grass growing that touch the fence at the bottom, which is my guess as to why this is happening (grounding the whole thing, even if only slightly?), but I don't know for sure or really understand why. Are my two options really to either keep the fence from touching ANY weeds/grass or have it kill birds?
Other than the dead birds, is this an issue for my dogs? Neighborhood kids? ...etc?