[Market-farming] Digging Dogs and Feral Hogs, Anyone?

Jackie Jameson jacqueline.jameson at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 12:36:50 EST 2013

How big an area is this?  The only way to contain hogs is hog panels(fixed
so they can't be lifted) or similar fencing.  They will go through or under
fence, they will lean on it until it's destroyed, and they will lift up
fencing and go under.  And do a combination of all the above.  They are
very smart, and will teach each other the weak points, once one of them has
figured out a weak spot, they will all return to that location and destroy
any fence you subsequently put up.  This is for domestic hogs, but is true
for feral hogs too (which are descended from escaped domestic hogs).  I
have raised hogs.
Jackie in NJ

On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 12:23 PM, Barking Cat Farm <
barkingcatfarm at mindspring.com> wrote:

> Hello,
> We're embarking on a project to reinforce our farm's perimeter fence.  It
> is currently 4' field fence, which has worked well on coyotes and other
> non-deer larger mammals.  However, we have a problem with digging,
> particularly from the local pack of vicious dogs.  We need to find a way to
> keep them out, and since I'm modifying the fence anyway, we want to also
> exclude feral hogs.  We don't have them yet, but they've been spotted in
> the vicinity, so it's only a matter of time until they find us.  What
> damaging behaviors and solutions have you experienced with respect to feral
> hogs?
> More detail:  Our perimeter has a variety of micro-environments, so it may
> be a hybrid design works the best.
> - Some areas are heavily vegetative. We don't plan to modify these areas
> at this time, as the vegetation is doing a good job of exclusion and we say
> if it's not broken don't fix it.;
> - in other areas we have purposely planted rose bushes and other low
> growing plants which will do a good job of exclusion once they are more
> mature. In these areas we might need to do some chicken wire "elled" at the
> bottom of the field fence and extended out a few inches and stapled down to
> prevent digging until roses and other plants mature, hot wire not a good
> idea due to vegetative load.;
> - and in other areas we have bare ground where vegetation is not growing
> due to heavy forest shade, for example.  In these areas, not quite sure
> whether a hot wire or a barrier mesh similar to above is a better solution.
>  We know mesh works against digging dogs, but not sure about hogs.
>  Thoughts?
> My question to those who have dealt with feral hogs and fencing is how,
> specifically, they damage and/or breech fencing?  Do they ram and break it,
> do they dig under it, or what?
> Note: please don't suggest poisoning, shooting, or trapping.  We have
> thoughtfully considered and ruled all three out for a variety of reasons.
>  We feel that exclusion is our best option and are looking for guidance on
> that specifically.
> Many thanks in advance,
> Laurie Bostic
> Owner/Farmer
> Barking Cat Farm
> Heath, Texas
> barkingcatfarm at mindspring.com
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