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Forest pasture top wire

top wire

The downside to using this 5 foot tall chicken wire on the new forest pasture fence is how flimsy it gets towards the top.

I've found that a semi tight stretch of electric fence wire helps to firm it up.

It took me a few times to figure out, but it's a lot easier to measure out the distance first and cut the wire to size and then weave it through.

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I've left the top of my wire fences flimsy and floppy. I read somewhere that it makes it a lot harder for foxes (our main predator here) to jump/climb over.
Comment by Darren (Green Change) Mon Apr 26 21:32:22 2010
That makes a lot of sense. I always forget that other people have to deal with predators!
Comment by anna Tue Apr 27 07:27:25 2010

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