Originally Posted by Ashburnham
Originally Posted by maryhysong
I had a pack of loose dogs come through once. They did not pull the wire off the frame, they literally bit holes IN the 1/2" hardware cloth. It is a _little_ stronger than chicken wire and it _does_ help keep out rats and snakes but I have begun to put 2x4" weld wire fencing on everything for dog proofing, with chicken wire or hardware cloth over that if needed to keep chicks in or smaller pests out.
Now I am losing birds to a fox. A pen put up early on of 6' chicken wire, with the bottom bent out about a foot to deter diggers. Well mr. fox tested and pushed the wire until he found the spot that rusted enough to break off just at ground level, then pushed it on in. working to get that pen repaired and trying to catch the fox.
I have an electric wire at fox nose height all around my pens- it has kept out foxes and dogs for 22 years.
But of course we don't have all the terrible predators here that you have over there.
Electric fence is an excellent deterrent. Especially if you can make a good ground. Here I have seen electric fence run to keep horses from messing with the physical fence. And it works famously on ground that is semi moist a few inches below the surface. But where its exceptionally dry most of the year it is considerably less effective.
For instance my Percheron Mare is 2000 lbs she was in a big corral at a boarding facility next to the owners Percheron Gelding Who was at least 2200 pounds and a good four inches taller. Both horses had the potential of bending 16 guge pipe corral. My girl for the most part respects the fence..... The gelding on the other hand was a known prankster and Bent pipe corral on a regular basis,
So when they were moved into their NEW pipe corrals and adjacent to each other the owners of the boarding facility put up a hot wire and charger on his fence between the pipes. I watched the two horses.... My girl would give him the Stink eye and stand JUST out of reach of his nips through the pipe. He would paw and flip his head and charge around a bit. They put up the hot wire and he stopped messing with the fence.... until he learned to play with it.
He would rest his upper lip on the hot wire and I would watch it twitch with each pulse.... It was like a game with him.... LOL. Kind of like someone who has learned to like the taste of hot peppers. If the ground had had any effect he would have been Zapped Good and hard the first time he touched it he would have snorted and jumped away.
I havent run hotwire up at my house because of that whole dryness issue Our annual precipitation is between 10 and 12 inches. I have the charger and am going to do an experiment with the Goats to see if it will work for them up there. Little Reprobates. But I am not holding my breath that it will work till I can get the Bipolar tape run.