best way to bury wire fencing

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by das fisch, Mar 31, 2009.

  1. das fisch

    das fisch Out Of The Brooder

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    First off, thanks for having me. Just joined up with chicks on the way.
    I run/own a wildlife damage control company up here in southern Maine, so if there are any questions regarding pest issues, feel free to ask away. Always here to help.

    Anyway, I've seen the posts about burying wire fencing in the ground, not just laying on top... great start. One thing I'd like to add on top of this is a better way to do this to prevent the digging pests from getting in.
    Most pics I've seen here the wire is just extending straight down into the trench to be buried. When this happens, the pest will dig until it hits the bottom of the fencing, and then pull the fence and go under.
    What I HIGHLY recomend is to do this:
    -bend the bottom foot of the wire fencing towards the outside of the pen/run 90 degrees.
    -dig a trench a foot deep and wide enough to now accomodate the foot of horizontal wire.
    -lay this on the bottom of trench a foot down and throw any small rocks/concrete fill/etc. on top of the wire
    -backfill the trench and there you go.

    This has proven extremely effective to keep digging type of pests out (groundhogs, foxes, skunks, possums, coyotes, etc.)
     
  2. girlsaint

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    That is what I was thinking about doing! Hubby wants to wire-bottom the whole run, but I think chickens just need to scratch in the dirt lol
     
  3. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

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    Thanks for the tip, and [​IMG] from South Carolina!
     
  4. New adventure

    New adventure Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Welcome from Colorado! These folks have taught me more in a month than I could imagine; and made me laugh too!

    I'll ask later about the skunk living under my barn.
     
  5. SunnyChic

    SunnyChic Keep The Sunny Side Up

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    [​IMG] Thank you for the great tip and welcome to the BYC forum! I'm new here, too and will be building a coop & pen soon, so I appreciate your input.
     
  6. mac80103

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    Another thanks from Colorado! Just as soon as spring returns, I will bury wire fencing just as you described. The chicks and I will sleep better at night. Thanks![​IMG]
     
  7. lildinkem

    lildinkem Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Great tip! Right now I use 7 dogs to keep the unwanted away. But, I live in the city and am a rookie. And the pests I have to worry about are on 2 legs. LOL

    Bill
     
  8. jholler

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    Also, a tiller is easier than a shovel....just sayin.
     
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