Keep Our Animals Safe
We need our dogs to protect our flock. More than that, we love our dogs. They are outgoing, friendly, sweet animals, and they love people. Sadly, because they are large and they like to bark, not everyone reacts positively towards them.
In one direction there is a neighbor who has outright stated he will kill them next time he sees them. On the other side, another neighbor who admitted he hates dogs, and regularly shoots into the woods very close to our pasture. As you imagine, we feel very unsafe.
We need help. We need a good, strong fence that will keep predators out, and our dogs in. Welded wire has failed. Chain link has failed. Radio shock collars have failed. Our only option is a much more expensive, privacy style "wall" fence.
We can no longer "make do" with our current fencing, and we are running out of time. At any moment any of our dogs could come to harm.
Our goal is to raise enough money to "wall in" the entire property in a way that the dogs can't compromise. It's a large goal, because this type of fencing tends to be prohibitively expensive.
Every bit that we raise will go towards securing a safe environment for our animals.
As far as Sabine goes, unless we can train her to stay WITH the sheep, she will have to stay on chain for awhile longer.
Still working on our fence options and waiting on an estimate.
Check into 8' elk fence with 3 strands of hotwire lining the inside. Rub bacon grease on the wire, or small strips of bacon, so they get a really good shock. That should contain them. It fixed our issue, and it hasn't cost us $75,000 to do it. Keep a lookout for 2nd hand elk fence, buy 12' posts. Make sure your fencer is well grounded and capable of giving a good shock. If they continue to try to dig out you can place dig guards. We didn't need them once we got the fencer working properly and did the bacon trick...The dig guards can be made installed using various methods and materials. One of the simplest dig guards to install is by using non climbable fencing or another stiff type of fencing and placing 3 to 4 ft of this wire on the ground. The ground fencing is then attached to the vertical fencing by either using hog rings (available through Phoenix Fence) or weaving tension wire through both fences essentially stitching the two fencing materials together.
Perhaps it's time to get in touch with a professional trainer. Your wonderful dogs could probably learn the boundaries as limits to their responsibility.
Right Dina? I wish I could put a super high, fluorescent orange concrete wall on the border of our property with him!
Not to mention you have children to protect from your idiot neighbor's firing in your direction! The whole situation is scary and infuriating. I wish your county would do more to help you. Since they allow neighbors to shoot in your direction, they should make them help pay for your wall. I know, wishful thinking!
Hi!!! Great suggestion! How many feet of fencing did you put up that way? We need 2,179 feet of it, plus gates. Everything we've seen on line gives us a cost per foot that puts us way up toward the $100k mark.