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best type of fence to keep ducks out of garden?

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Just wondering about my veggie garden....  i am new to ducks and I want to know the best way to keep them out of my veggies.....  Will an electric fence work?  if not, how tall of a fence do I need to put in that they won't fool with going over?

Any other tips appreciated as well.......

Thanks!!

Jeff

Husband to 1 very lucky woman, Father to 2 goofy boys, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 8 rabbits, about 65 chickens, 3 cockatiels, 3 tanks full of fish, a tree frog, several hermit crabs, and the unknown critters under the house and in the attic...........
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Husband to 1 very lucky woman, Father to 2 goofy boys, 4 dogs, 3 cats, 8 rabbits, about 65 chickens, 3 cockatiels, 3 tanks full of fish, a tree frog, several hermit crabs, and the unknown critters under the house and in the attic...........
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post #2 of 6

I guess it depends on the kind of ducks you have and whether or not they can fly.  I have Buff/Runner crosses, and I've fenced them out with 2' poultry netting stapled to wooden stakes.  One found a spot where the wire pulled away and managed to get through, but once I fixed that they haven't bothered.  But if the kids leave the gate open the devious birds will make a beeline for it.

Good luck!

Homeschooling mom of 2 DDs (11 and 1), 3 DSs (9, 7, & 5), and wife to a wonderful DH who's a really good sport.  Buff bantam Ameraucanas (DD #1's), white Call and silver Welsh Harlequin ducks (DS #1's),  Mille Fleur D'uccles and white Runner ducks (DS #2's), a cuckoo Silkie (DD #3's), Alpine and Alpine-Lamancha goats, and a wonderful English Shepherd to guard the homestead.
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Homeschooling mom of 2 DDs (11 and 1), 3 DSs (9, 7, & 5), and wife to a wonderful DH who's a really good sport.  Buff bantam Ameraucanas (DD #1's), white Call and silver Welsh Harlequin ducks (DS #1's),  Mille Fleur D'uccles and white Runner ducks (DS #2's), a cuckoo Silkie (DD #3's), Alpine and Alpine-Lamancha goats, and a wonderful English Shepherd to guard the homestead.
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post #3 of 6

This is my chicken and duck proofing. Essentially since my little voracious things will attack just about all my veggies, I have to keep everything protected.
Protection for my lettuces:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/45693_march2011_057.jpg
Protection for my alliums:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/45693_img_0007.jpg
Protection for my cabbage/beets:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/45693_img_0025.jpg

Just call us the "pen"-itentiary...my animals are not penned up but my plants sure are wink

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Originally Posted by firsthouse_mp 

This is my chicken and duck proofing. Essentially since my little voracious things will attack just about all my veggies, I have to keep everything protected.
Protection for my lettuces:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/45693_march2011_057.jpg
Protection for my alliums:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/45693_img_0007.jpg
Protection for my cabbage/beets:
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/45693_img_0025.jpg

Just call us the "pen"-itentiary...my animals are not penned up but my plants sure are wink


Very nice garden you have there!  What is growing on the privacy fence in the background?  Are they "penned" as well?

 

 

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post #5 of 6

I just used plastic fencing. Works so far to keep the ducks out and the dog hasn't even tried to go under it yet, so serving both purposes.

http://i61.photobucket.com/albums/h44/trudy_w/Alabama/Ducks/IMG_3827.jpg

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I've got mesh fencing round each garden bed that's about 2 feet high (well, the fencing itself is a bit over 1 foot but it sits on a timber base so a bit under 2 feet in total). The ducks can reach through it and I let them have what they can grab but they don't bother getting into the garden itself. I have not fenced off my herb garden though but I should because they can't resist my garlic chives! I have medium sized ducks that don't really fly (Swedish).

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