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 02-16-2009, 11:50 Post: 160365
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I need to put a fence around my 1 acre vegetable garden to keep the deer out. It's not close enough to the house so I need to go solar. Any suggestions? I know what some of you guys will say but all I have is a wrist rocket!Smile






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 02-16-2009, 12:13 Post: 160366
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I can't give specific brand recommendations, but I see lots of them around on a corner post where there isn't any electricity keeping cows in so they must work. I've tried the electric fencers around the garden that plug in like the "Weed Choppers" ect. but the deer seemed to not mind jumping over them. My best results have been using a deer and rabbit repellent that smells like liquid hog manure mixed with septic tank goo sprayed around the perimiter of the garden about three or four times a summer. Got mine at a farm supply store, don't seem to remember it costing very much. Frank.






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 02-16-2009, 12:26 Post: 160369
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Hmmmm... never thought about them jumping over. Duh! I'll check out the hog manure stuff. Thanks for the advice.
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 02-16-2009, 14:17 Post: 160374
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I have a friend with a deer farm, he uses a 12' perimeter fence to keep them in. Non-electric. That suggests that you'd need at least an 8' fence - electric or otherwise - to keep them out.

Deer are also said not to like the smell of humans. Using that logic, some folks have had luck making baggies outa their wife's nylons - filling them with barber shop sweepings - then hanging them on the fenceline.

If the crap and hair solutions don't work for you, consider a greenhouse.

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 02-16-2009, 15:18 Post: 160376
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Consider the number of strands you will run for the fence (electrified) and multiply by the perimeter distance, then buy a charger appropriate for that distance. Solar versions are about $130. Depending on the amount of sunshine you get you may need additional batteries. Plan to spend an additional $2 to 3 hundred for batteries, insulators, lightning arrestors, gate handles and specialty posts, wire appropriate for electric fencing etc.

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 02-16-2009, 18:01 Post: 160384
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It's not close enough to the house so I need to go solar.Any suggestions?



First off I think you're under-estimating the power of a fence charger, even a small one will easily charge a few MILES of clean fence.

All you need to do is run some low voltage landscape lighting cable which is much like 2 condctor lamp or extension cord wire but designed for outside use, from the charger to the fence itself, then hook up the fence wire to it.

If your veggie patch is that exposed the deer will certainly be after it, the easiest way to protect it is to run several rows of wires about 4' apart, each consisting of at least 4 strands and 6' high, two rows minimum, four is better.

After all the wire is run, be sure to tie lots of plastic safety (caution) tape all along all the rows. The deer will not try to get through the multiple rows of electric wire.

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 02-16-2009, 20:12 Post: 160390
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"After all the wire is run, be sure to tie lots of plastic safety (caution) tape all along all the rows."

Murf, if that's the case, then just stringing up any yellow tape should work, right? Or can the deer really read? tehehe






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Pretty sure deer only see in black and white (grayscale actually). But four strands six foot high won't keep'em out. The adults will go over the top, and the young ones will stumble through after them. I've got a seven wire fence on one property line that includes two electrified strands. Keeps my sheep in just fine, but the whitetails go over/through it regularly.

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 02-17-2009, 07:14 Post: 160396
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Jeff, they can't read, but thy sure can see, the tape show them there's something there. Lets them know theres more than one row too. In theory nothing but fishing line strung that way wil work, but it won't stop other smaller pests like young deer or stray livestock.

Greg, it's been our experience that a single 6' fence does nt even slow them down, but several rows, about 4' apart makes a high enough barrier that they can't jump them al in a single go, and 4' isn't enough space for them to either land or jump the next fence without getting tangled, something they will avoid. Deer instinctively just stay away from risky situations.

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Iowa deer can read, the state puts signs along the road saying, "Deer Crossing".






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