Originally Posted by argonne
I am new to BYC and chickens. I have five 3-week old pullets (2 BR, 1 Buff Cochin, 2 Blue Cochin). They are doing really well. We are working on their coop/run right now and I have a few concerns/questions. We live up near Red Feather Lakes at 7500'. There have been a lot of bears in our neighborhood, however we have never seen one by our house. What we plan on doing is building their coop within a 5'x10' welded wire (not chain link) dog run. I plan on running 1/4" hardware cloth around the outside and roof of the dog run. As for the bears, do I need to run electric wire around as well? The coop/run will be very close to our house on flagstone (no way a fox could dig in) and partly under the deck. If I need to do the electric wire, what spacing should I do? I was thinking three wires total at 6", 24", 48". Also, for those that have done the electric wire, what did you do about grounding in our dry CO soil?
and here! Bears! Don't even get me started..., still have nightmares from last year!
But seriously, the bear issue depends on the year, however it seems to be escalating in frequency of attacks on coops and other livestock. I have wired my coop and livestock for grizzly and if you water your grounding area, it works great. The issue we have is grounding in snow/ winter and we are working on that. The fence will not keep out bobcats in the winter as we found out but it works GREAT on bears when you need it. Here is the link that I used and I bought a plug/ battery/ solar system because we always lose power for various reasons.
Here is the fence set up info for bears that I used. I put in 5 strands.
Spacing from the ground in inches 8,18,24,32,40 give or take...
There is one there for electric fencing.
One thing that I read about the electric fences is that if the bear gets shocked in front of his ears, he will back up. If he gets shocked behind the ears, he will bolt forward.
Edited by Mtn Margie - 4/6/16 at 1:55pm