Does anyone use baited electric deer fencing like this?
Does it work?
I want to deer-proof a portion of our property that contains a
vegetable patch and landscaping with azaleas which the deer seem to
love munching on. Most of the lot is wooded, and deer move through at
night. I thought a couple of strands of electrified wire might be
less obtrusive and less hazardous to birds than 8 ft of netting
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On 13 Apr 2004 10:33:09 -0700, email@example.com (Myrmecodia)
I don't have this specific product, but I do have a solar-powered
charger and two wires around the vegetable garden. It is going on its
10th year of use. It keeps out groundhogs, dogs, deer, raccoons,
squirrels, etc. It has no effect on birds because the circuit is
completed with grounded things. I was shocked ONCE by it, and that's
enough! There's a small battery in the unit that continues delivering
voltage at night. I bought mine at HD for about $100--the
insulators, ground, and wire were extra. No "bait" is needed.
Many people here have tried it. If you put it across a heavily traveled
deer path, they will not respect it unless you reinforce it with
barriers, easily visible distractors like plastic bags, and use strong
posts. They know how to knock down elecric fencing and can easily jump
over it. If the fence is off to the side of their path, they will
An easy way to make deer respect a barrier is to make the barrier wide.
Deer jump over narrow barriers but will not make a running broad jump
over wide barriers.
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Not me. I have a 4 foot chainlink fence with a 4 foot upper extension around my
veggie garden. It keeps the deer out! I also have a 3 foot barrier of rabbit
fencing around the bottom. I find that if I put some extra bird seed out on the
ground near my bird feeders, the deer are much happier with that.
Sue in Mi. (zone 5)
You don't need to use baited electrified wire to keep out deer. I have two
fine strands of electrified aluminum wire surrounding my yard that keeps
deer out. The top wire is 3' from the ground and the second is 1' from the
ground. I don't have them located in a regular path area that deer use, but
I did have regular deer raids whenever flowers such as pansies, lilies, and
tulips bloomed with occasional raids on shrubs (oak leaf hydrangea and
azaleas comes to mind) during the winter. It took almost a year before I
didn't have to make regular checks and repairs of breaks, but the breaks
were not followed by the deer feasting. In this third year of the fence, I
find a break that needs to be repaired every three or four months. The deer
have learned than entering my yard is not a free entry feeding ground.
Deer can trained to avoid unfriendly areas.
Thanks for all the replies. It sounds as though the electrified wire
should work pretty well, even without bait. Judging by the hoofprints
and droppings, the deer mainly move along the edge of our property and
make occasional detours to sample our shrubs, so all I need to do is
encourage them to keep moving along.
we live in midstate NY, out of town, with forests all around
...neighbor across the street goes to Fla each winter and simply
placed a three foot high wire around all the foundation plants about
two feet out from foliage ...the deer stay away ...he even did a loop
around a myrtle patch forty feet long and fifteen feet wide ..they
never jumped it
I have a veggie garden in the back, tried four strands of barbed wire
, 7 feet high ...large deer didn't try to get thru, but the little
guys wiggled thru and did damage ...now have electric run from house
thru trees 100+ feet and juiced all four strands .... no more problems
... lowest strand is 1 foot off the ground and keeps the rabbits
away too ( and our pet cats <grin> ...hmmmm... wonder if the tail is
the last thing to see the wire?)
Stew Corman from sunny Endicott
On Tue, 13 Apr 2004 10:33:09 -0700, Myrmecodia wrote:
What I have done in the past for clients is to build a two fence system.
Our deer can jump at least 9 feet up and over a fence and most clients
don't want a wall of fence around their property. After talking to a few
Master gardeners, one suggested a two fence system. Deer do not have
depth perception and they have a hard time judging the jumping distance.
What was done on at one clients house was simply to put up a 4 foot high
livestock fence behind their 3 foot picket fence separated by 3 feet.
Another client opted to put up 2 4 foot livestock fences separated by 3
feet. That client has elected to do small shrub plantings in this space to
negate the wire fence look. For client 1, this has worked with out a flaw.
For client 2, we've reduced the deer intrusions up to 90%. The deer now
climb the cliffs up from their beach. A fence here is not an option due to
view... so I'm still working on a different system down there.
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