Concerning bears and electrified poultry netting.....

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by BirdBrain, Dec 31, 2009.

  1. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    I am trying to decide whether to try the electrified poultry netting that Premier sells. But living in Alaska, I have concerns about what would happen if bears come sniffing around. Where I am they would mostly be black bears. I like the portability of the fencing premier sells but suspect that a bear might be more likely to take a swipe at it. Anyone have any thoughts on this?
     
  2. silkieflock

    silkieflock Out Of The Brooder

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    I personally wouldn't try it, as it looks like the first breeze would blow it down! I grew up in Palmer and know what the weather can do. Are you looking for something permanent or to move around? What is the purpose you have in mind for it?
     
  3. cw

    cw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2009
    green co.
    i think the only thing that will really stop a bear would be a strong electric fence or a bullet
     
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    silkieflock Out Of The Brooder

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  5. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    Yes, that would be the product I was thinking about. I guess I had hopes of having something I could move. Of course, I guess moose would just walk through it too. We seem to have a constant parade of moose. I guess my best bet would probably be a 6 foot chain link fence with electric on top and bottom.
     
  6. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Since you have bears, I would look into what is called horse fencing. I would get it in 6 ft tall rolls or taller. It is an extra heavy woven-wire affair, and should last a lifetime. Do a 50-mile fence charger. (higher voltage) That ought to get the attention of a bear or moose. I set mine in cement all around . Then I put a fence-charger on it with 4 courses of hot wire. Inside, I put chicken wire at 2 ft tall, all around so my chooks would not poke their heads through. Best tho to do hardware cloth mesh instead . [​IMG]
     
  7. CTChickenMom

    CTChickenMom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There was an article in the last Backyard Poulty magazine about a fellow who ended up shooting a black bear that got into his run. It managed to kill a few of his chickens before he got permission to do the deed. I'd surely set up something permanent and electify it to keep bears out and chickies in.
     
  8. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    Gsim,
    Do you have a picture of your set up? Sounds pretty close to what I may need.
     
  9. bills

    bills Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I agree this would be better for the bigger critters. One jolt, and they should be long gone. I suggest putting signs up when this is in place..may save a friend or a neighbor getting a shock..[​IMG]
     
  10. BirdBrain

    BirdBrain Prefers Frozen Tail Feathers

    May 7, 2007
    Alaska
    I found a link online to a brand of horse fence called red diamond. Is that the fencing you had in mind Gsim? Any idea how the price compares to say chainlink?
     

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