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

Beth Spaugh lists at rhomestead.com
Fri Feb 1 13:13:26 EST 2013

We only have one year's experience with pigs, but used three strands of
electric fence very successfully.  They put out a very loud squeal any time
they touched it, and quickly learned to keep their distance.  Have friend
who has about ten years experience with hogs year-round, breeding, etc, and
just uses one or two strands.  They did find their way out over packed snow
one winter.

Beth Spaugh
Rehoboth Homestead, Peru NY
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Subject: [Market-farming] Digging Dogs and Feral Hogs, Anyone?


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
Barking Cat Farm
Heath, Texas
barkingcatfarm at mindspring.com

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