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Will electric fence keep racoons out?

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I have been having a mother racoon and 3 babies hanging arround. They go into my barn and eat the cat food, and get into the garbage when they can. So far they haven't gone near the chickens. I don't have a safe coop built yet, they have a 3 sided leanto that they go in at night, and a covered 12x16 chain link dog kennel as an attached run area. If I put a 3 wire electric fence arround the chicken area will it keep the coons out till I can get rid of them.

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post #2 of 14

It probably will, but racoons are notorious for being crafty. Try to keep an eye (or 2) out for them.

post #3 of 14

I don't believe that they can jump well. Based on that I'd recommend enough wires so that they'd be forced to use them as hand holds and thereby raising the probability of getting a zap.

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post #4 of 14

maybe

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 2011 was the coldest summer in Western Washington's recorded history that started in 1891. Uf Da!!!

June 2012 was the coldest June in recorded history. I need some sun. 

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post #5 of 14

The other option is to Shoot, Shovel, and Shut up. This is normally referred to as SSS.

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 2011 was the coldest summer in Western Washington's recorded history that started in 1891. Uf Da!!!

June 2012 was the coldest June in recorded history. I need some sun. 

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post #6 of 14

trap em

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1 Border Collie, 2 Cattle Collie puppies, 1 outdoor Siamese cat,1 indoor Tortoise cat,1 Crawfish, 27 hens, 2 wild/Yorkshire cross pigs ,6 Bronze Turkeys,4 Narraganset Turks,17 baby turks ,,,and twin 9 year olds.
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DH has seen the light, or rather, the hideous damage to our corn and tomatoes, from specified and unspecified critters - has agreed that a fence around the garden and chickens/orchard is in order. I want to add electric around the chicken area at least...so

We're in a rural subdivision. While I think any little or big brats creeping around my back garden gets what's coming in this case, I'd most likely better be a little circumspect. Ideas?

What various heights for electric strands? 6", 12" and 3 foot?

solar or house line? I'm leaning to solar despite the expense, due to code akwardness in running the lines out there.

If I SSS, then all the critter's family shows up for the funeral and think I've set out a buffet for the wake.

Grandma had that same problem with her barn cats - leaving out the feed for them attracted everything else. Anyone have suggestions on that problem?  My neighbor thought it cute to feed the raccoons on her porch, until I asked if she thought the skunk living under her porch was cute, too. (will I go to hell for that lie?) she stopped that.

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Originally Posted by StupidBird 

DH has seen the light, or rather, the hideous damage to our corn and tomatoes, from specified and unspecified critters - has agreed that a fence around the garden and chickens/orchard is in order. I want to add electric around the chicken area at least...so

We're in a rural subdivision. While I think any little or big brats creeping around my back garden gets what's coming in this case, I'd most likely better be a little circumspect. Ideas?

What various heights for electric strands? 6", 12" and 3 foot?

solar or house line? I'm leaning to solar despite the expense, due to code akwardness in running the lines out there.

If I SSS, then all the critter's family shows up for the funeral and think I've set out a buffet for the wake.

Grandma had that same problem with her barn cats - leaving out the feed for them attracted everything else. Anyone have suggestions on that problem?  My neighbor thought it cute to feed the raccoons on her porch, until I asked if she thought the skunk living under her porch was cute, too. (will I go to hell for that lie?) she stopped that.


Guy in the neighborhood turned loose 100 squirrels. (50 male 50 female) 30 years ago. Because he liked squirrels.  I havent gotten a pecan off my tree since and they eat our Macaws food out of his daytime, outside cage. Funny how they seem to know when we're not around. I SAS (shot, ate and shut up) for years but couldnt dwindle the population.  I wish I could have SSS the guy that turned them loose.

Back on subject. This, http://www.kencove.com/fence/99_Energizer+Installation_resource.php shows several ways to hook up an electric fence. Adapt as necessary. big_smile

I like the second illustration. I think Id make every other strand + and every other -.  Zap um every step of the way. lol

Just found this http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex888 shows exactky what I was talking about.


Edited by GrumpyOldMan - 8/6/10 at 6:48am
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by GrumpyOldMan 
Quote:
Originally Posted by StupidBird 

DH has seen the light, or rather, the hideous damage to our corn and tomatoes, from specified and unspecified critters - has agreed that a fence around the garden and chickens/orchard is in order. I want to add electric around the chicken area at least...so

We're in a rural subdivision. While I think any little or big brats creeping around my back garden gets what's coming in this case, I'd most likely better be a little circumspect. Ideas?

What various heights for electric strands? 6", 12" and 3 foot?

solar or house line? I'm leaning to solar despite the expense, due to code akwardness in running the lines out there.

If I SSS, then all the critter's family shows up for the funeral and think I've set out a buffet for the wake.

Grandma had that same problem with her barn cats - leaving out the feed for them attracted everything else. Anyone have suggestions on that problem?  My neighbor thought it cute to feed the raccoons on her porch, until I asked if she thought the skunk living under her porch was cute, too. (will I go to hell for that lie?) she stopped that.


Guy in the neighborhood turned loose 100 squirrels. (50 male 50 female) 30 years ago. Because he liked squirrels.  I havent gotten a pecan off my tree since and they eat our Macaws food out of his daytime, outside cage. Funny how they seem to know when we're not around. I SAS (shot, ate and shut up) for years but couldnt dwindle the population.  I wish I could have SSS the guy that turned them loose.

I feel for you, we had a neighbor move out and let their pigeons loose, needless to say I still have netting on my roof.

yuckyuck

Back on subject. This, http://www.kencove.com/fence/99_Energizer+Installation_resource.php shows several ways to hook up an electric fence. Adapt as necessary. big_smile

I like the second illustration. I think Id make every other strand + and every other -.  Zap um every step of the way. lol

Just found this http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex888 shows exactky what I was talking about.

post #10 of 14

Yes! An electric fence will keep a coon away.


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