You are right on about the fencing, and aluminum foil tabs. Inserting
a bit of peanut butter into the tabs seems to attract their noses for a
shock as well.
On Jun 1, 2006, at 8:42 PM, Dr Tom Zennie wrote:
> Electric fence works the best for all these critters. I've heard that
> blood meal does work but it stinks to high heaven. Good fertiilzer too
> A farm I inspected up in the UP really had deer problems with their
> sweet corn until they used the electric fence. A low wire (~1 foot
> off the ground) for raccoons and skunks and groundhogs and another
> one about 3 feet and another one about 4 feet just out in front of the
> the other two. We wouldn't get any sweet corn if it weren't for the
> electric fence. If the single wires do not stop the raccoons then use
> electro-netting available from sheep and goat supplies. These
> particular producers had a fence about 10 feet high with high tensile
> wire because the deer got accustomed to jumping over the lower wires.
> Put tabs of aluminum foil on the outside wire to attract attention to
> the deer and they will touch their noses to it out of curiosity and
> get a good jolt and will stay away. They will run through the wire if
> they do not have a fear of it.
> I've also heard that human hair and droppings from lions and tigers
> (from the zoo) work really well as repellants.
> We use poly wire which is easier to stretch and tie rather than
> straight 17-19 gauge electric fence wire.
> Good luck
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Susan Houghton"
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> Subject: Blood meal/Bone meal
>> Soes anyone know of a certified source of blood or bone meal in a
>> Does anyone have experience using either as an animal deterrent? The
>> racoons, skunks, fox, and turkeys are plentiful on our farm. We can
>> get a
>> permit to shoot the deer, but would prefer not to.
>> We have been using Hortonava trellis over heads of lettuce, but we are
>> running out, and that doesn't work for cabbage, broccoli, beans, or
>> watermelons. Any advice about suggested controls would be
>> Susan Houghton
>> Giving Tree Farm
>> 15433 Turner Road
>> Lansing MI 48906
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