Deer Control with a Hummingbird-Safe Electric Fence

| 4/29/2011 3:38:44 PM

Tags: Pest control, deer fence, hummingbird protection, electric fence, photovoltaic system, Dave Larson,

A photo of Dave Larson It’s springtime at the Bear Cave and our winter drought continues. The winter rains, with few exceptions, missed us and passed over us to the North. As a result, there is not much to eat for our deer. This is the time of year when our little orchard here at the Bear Cave is pretty tempting. However, we much prefer to eat from our peach, apple, plum and pear trees ourselves.

 Two years ago, when we first planted our fruit trees, we awoke one morning to some pretty badly chomped little trees. My response was to cut some 10’ rebar stakes, get a bunch of insulators, a spool of wire, and set up an electric barrier fence.  We installed an inexpensive 45 W photovoltaic system we had used to power our camp trailer and we believed that were protected.

PV Elec System 

We went to bed after installing the deer fence feeling pretty smug about keeping the deer out. Next morning, a section of the fence was a tangled mess and another meal had been taken by our local deer.

We straightened and reset the rebar and restrung the wire. This time, we added a bit of flair. On all three strands of wire, spaced about 6’ apart, we tied aluminum foil flags. On the flags, we put a heavy smear of peanut butter.

 deer peanut butter 

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