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Oh deer

5 foot high deer fence made from chicken wire

Anna noticed some deer damage over the weekend. The first of the year.

It was a minor incursion, but we know from past experience that each visit gets longer as the offending deer feels more comfortable.

We decided to make today the day we finish fencing in the side where we think he or she entered. 80 more feet of 5 foot high chicken wire closes up this end of the perimeter leaving about another 70 feet towards the east end before we have the entire garden surrounded.

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About us: Anna Hess and Mark Hamilton spent over a decade living self-sufficiently in the mountains of Virginia before moving north to start over from scratch in the foothills of Ohio. They've experimented with permaculture, no-till gardening, trailersteading, home-based microbusinesses and much more, writing about their adventures in both blogs and books.

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Deer will go right over a 5 or 6 foot fence. If you really want to keep them out you're going to have to get closer to 8'.
Comment by Heath Mon Jul 9 17:39:45 2012
Heath --- People tell us that constantly, but ours work quite well. The trick when using a shorter fence is to consider it a deterrent, not a complete preventative. Chicken moats, steep hills, etc., all combine with short fences to make them quite effective. In the last year, we've only had one deer that might possibly have jumped over our fence, and I suspect it came in through an unfenced area and just got stuck in a fenced corner.
Comment by anna Mon Jul 9 18:58:49 2012

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