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.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Susan Houghton" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Thursday, June 01, 2006 7:07 PM
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 appreciated.
> Susan Houghton
> Giving Tree Farm
> 15433 Turner Road
> Lansing MI 48906
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