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

Jackie Jameson jacqueline.jameson at gmail.com
Fri Feb 1 12:45:04 EST 2013

Oh - and if you can keep hogs out, you can keep dogs out with the same

On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 12:36 PM, Jackie Jameson <
jacqueline.jameson at gmail.com> wrote:

> 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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