thomas h, we use Premier's PermaNet for Poultry and it won't stop a duckling from going through it. I'm positive it won't stop a weasel or a mink from coming in. We employ rotational grazing, and the only practical defense we have against these predators is a livestock guardian dog. Other solutions are just cost prohibitive for us.
Well before I got into poultry of any kind I already had 3 dogs. Which I still have. I can't have a fourth and my 3 are not much of a guardian for the birds. Now mind you a human predator would want to be wary with 3 150lb bullmastiffs roaming the premises but the 4 legged predators save maybe a coyote they just don't seem to notice.
If I found somebody with a feisty Jack Russel or another terrier, they may be able to take care of the problem. My bullies are too slow anyways.
I agree I don't think electric fencing of any kind would deter the mink.
18ga. stainless conductor 4" off the ground. Using a weed cutter (don't remember the brand) charger, suppose to be good for like 50-100 miles of wire. i do know that I have been hit with it a couple times. Makes my eyes go white, bite my tongue, and I stay sore for a couple days. Leaves a burn mark too!
I have actually killed mink on my electric fence. They hit the fence, being as mean as they are, they turn around and bite at the wire. I guess the electricity locks their jaws. Find'em smoldering dead on the wire.
Twentynine, your fence sounds like something that would kill my ducks too. Furthermore, a weedcutter charger will damage my type of fencing.
Heard a story about a local farmer who hooked up his fence directly to the house outlet. He found an eight point buck the next morning, dead.
I have had chickens hit it. In my younger less mature years I thought it was fun to watch. Strung a hot wire at the top of a 4 foot fence to keep the chicken from flying over. Wouldn't do that today. But the chickens, lots of squawking, some feathers flying, but never fatal.
Like I said I have hit this thing a couple times myself. Last time I was feeding my meat rabbits. I dropped the measuring cup I used to meter out the feed, on the ground behind the hot wire under the cage. It was misting rain so the ground was damp my hat was wet. I bent over carefully reached beyond the wire so my arm would not come in contact. I forgot about the bill on the baseball cap. I swear the spark comming off that wire was 2" long, twice as big as a lightning bolt. I can still today hear the zzzzzzwappppp! When I did manage to get up and get back in the house, my wife wanted to know why I was all wet and muddy.
Felt bad about the sport I used to make of the chickens hitting that wire.