I realize we may just have to suck it up and build a fence, and considering we have over $1000 worth of plants in there it is worth the expense, but I don't really like how they look either.
Deer are inquisitive and have an exquisite sense of smell.
When you put your electric fence up, hang some light aluminum strips (like cut up pie plates) every 15 or 20 feet on the wires, and smear them with peanut butter or paint them with apple juice concentrate.
The deer sniff it or lick it and get the poopy shocked out of their very sensitive face/nose/tongue and decide they want nothing to do with this place.
Get a solar fence charger and you don't even need an outlet. A hundred vendors on ebay will sell you one for 60-110 bucks for the charger with solar panel that will electrify five miles of fence. Another hundred bucks will get you a bunch of wire and insulators and T-posts at a local farm store.
I used 7' steel T posts, pounded into the ground 1', giving a 6' fence. Deer could easily jump it, but they don't. At least not on my orchard.
It is also possible they can read my mind, and totally understand that if I catch them inside the fence, I will shoot them on sight the first time, no exceptions.
We have hot wire around my chickens to protect them from loose dogs, racoons and the like.
I don't know why people think thier dogs should run loose in the country - but I treat the dogs just like I treat the deer. Only difference is the deer end up in the freezer and the dogs get cleaned up by the raptors. Circle of life you know.
Get the hot wire.
I wish we were allowed to shoot deer on our property here. We have two deep freezes. I agree about dogs too. Our dog is not 100% reliable in her recall, so for now she's stuck on a leash when we're outside, even though we have 1.5 acres she could roam on if she would just listen reliably.
Can't find spell check here so I hope this isn't too bad.
ps. I personally witnessed a friend pee on an electric fence by accident when we were teenagers.. didn't look fun but he was fine once the shock wore off. I have two young children and will be putting one up on our property, no worries at all. Good for keeping coons out also.
Electric fence's don't hurt, it's all psycological, my dog's only fear the color yellow in long strip's cuzz it magicaly has the ability to startle the piss out of them. I guess that's how i got sloppy and left it off for 8 months, but that brown bear I had to scream out of my yard hadn't herd the good word. Now if he comes back i use excess bird netting to direct there face's upwards towards the 1 wire rather than the 5 I use to run. It worked fine through grass but you can't slash under it well. Now i can let the netting get woven into the earth which make's it less prone to being dug under if a predator is already afraid of the fence.
I dont know where in canada you live, but they have them at farm supply stores like otter co-op, princess auto, pretty much any horse supply shop will have them or be able to get them. But I do stress it's better to get the one that's wired up to the house, the 20 bux per 50ft of insulated wire to get from the house to the fence underground is well worth it. I got tired of being surprised when i'd leaned my butt to far over fiddling along the non boundary fences.
I have had rabbits girdle my trees in the winter so that is something else to watch out for. In the fall the deer will scrape their antlers on small trees, but they seem to leave the big trees alone.
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in the mean time plant a thorny living fence so eventually you have a thick, living, food producing fence.
ive had a string fence for over a year, the only time the deer get in is when i leave the gate open on accident or on purpose.
Thorny hedge rows don't work: the deer have no problem with eating thorns.
We had been told by several people in the area that there was no way we could grow corn or green beans because the deer would destroy them. We have been growing both successfully.
I second the 3D fencing. It's the cheapest fencing option and it works. Only trouble is that it needs a lot more room than a traditional fence.
As for roaming dogs getting shot and left - why not put them in your freezer, too? They taste great - dog is my favorite red meat.
seriously? you eat dog? i once worked with a ex-marine that was stationed in the philippines an he said dog was a dish over there. expensive but not bad tasting. other then him ive never heard of anyone else eating them.
This is working well around a 1-2 acre nursery, NB a place with LOTS of tasty shoots. Seems the deer don't figure they can push through the twine and it's high enough not to be jumped.
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He regularily peed in a large bucket, in which he also broke a number of raw eggs. When he deemed the mixture to be sufficiently potent, he sprays it, all along the perimeter of his gardens.
I visited his place on a garden tour where he showed everyone his system.
The smell was so intense, we about keeled over...LOL!
The gent said that he sprays whenever he thinks it's needed. He said that he sprayed the day before the tour...maybe to make his point!
He had no close neighbours.