Rabbit Fence Advice
Tips and Hints on Making/using Rabbit Fencing
Using a rabbit fence is one of the most popular methods used to stop rabbits entering a garden or farm land. Rabbit fencing has the bonus of being very low maintenance and means the rabbit goes on unharmed. If you are willing to fork over the cash and spend the time installing the fence it might just save your veg!
There are only really two types of rabbit fence out there. You can use the chicken wire fence or the electrical fence. Both have a big start up cost but the price of electricity is constant. If you have a small area to protect I would recommend you stick with chicken wire.
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How To Make Your Own Rabbit Fencing
The picture above shows you how its done. It is nice and high, well supported and has a section buried so it can not be dug under. Although this one is supported by a larger fence, you can also use wooden stakes to anchor the wire down. I know some people even use bamboo shoots.
When erecting your rabbit fencing you need to do a few things. It must be buried in a L shape so it cant be dug under. It must be at least half a meter high for it to seriously stop anything and it needs to be strong enough to avoid being chewed to pieces.
In order to bury it enough and have it over half a meter high you'll need a sheet of wire that’s is 90cm's plus wide. To get the most out of your rabbit fence you want to bury it in an L shape. The tail of the L should head towards where the rabbits come from and it should be about 5cm's under the ground.
To support the rabbit fencing I would suggest using posts as high as the fence every meter or so. You can do less but this wont be as sturdy and you could risk it falling down.
Electrical Rabbit Fencing
This will not be cheap! For 50 meters your looking at £300 and the unending cost of the energy bill. The advantages over chicken wire fences are clear though. Electrical rabbit fencing can be easily moved and installed by design which gives you greater freedom and control.
It can also be much more effective as most rabbits will avoid getting anywhere near your crops after their first shock, meaning they wont dig holes and settle. But on the other hand, rabbits are very territorial and wont move just because of a little pain. Its been known for rabbits to chew holes in these fences!
The way I look at it is this; You could buy a lot of rabbit repellents, hire a lot of hunters or buy a load of cage traps for £300. Is the ease of throwing up some rabbit fencing and crossing your fingers really worth it?
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