Barbed wire

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Jessica89, Oct 11, 2014.

  1. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey guys,
    I have just ordered a roll of barbed wire and going to put it on the top and bottom of the fence.
    Has anyone used this and have they found it successful?
    Thanks
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    No experience using barbed wire, but would make sure it is not accessible even accidentally to your flockā€¦..wouldn't want them getting cut.
     
  3. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah yes that's true!
    Maybe I should just put it on the top instead?
     
  4. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    As long as your chickens don't or cannot fly to the top then it should be ok. If you are adding to a perimeter fence, could but along bottom outside of the fence?
     
  5. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes,I think that's what I will do.
    I only have four fat ducks that can't fly so it will be okay.
    I am going to get some Silkie chickens in the spring though.
    I can't wait! :)
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What is the purpose of the barbed wire?

    I believe it's usually used to keep large livestock in, might help deter predators but probably not much.
     
  7. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, my uncle who is a farmer uses i t to stop cows eating the other side of the grass.
    Surely, it would defer a fox? I am hoping so anyway.
    Worth a try. I wouldn't like to land on barbed wire if i was a fox. Haha
     
  8. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    It helps keep cattle, horses, or other large livestock from reaching over or under a fence because they lead with their noses which have no hair on them, and - especially in the warmer months while they are on pasture - their hair is short so they will feel the barbs. I don't think it will be very effective at all on a thicker, long-haired animal like a fox or coyote. In my opinion, you'd be better off using electric fencing.
     
  9. Jessica89

    Jessica89 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was thinking about an electric fence but will it hurt my ducks if they touch it? :(
     
  10. SD Bird Lady

    SD Bird Lady Chillin' With My Peeps

    No, only if their bills are wet. Feathers are insulators not conductors.
     

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