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'Coon Fence?
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Monica Duncan    Posted 07-28-2001 at 07:00:23       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Last night was the second night that the 'coons had a feast of my early corn. Now half that patch is gone. I have a lot of later corn coming on and want to protect it. So yesterday I strung an electric fence, two strands (one 4" off the ground and the other 6" above it), and hooked it up to the cow pasture electric fence. The current is good, but the 'coons still went at it last night. So this morning I strung another wire about 6" over the second one, and now have three strands. That's 5 hours labour so far. Do you think it will work tonight? Any bets? Ideas? Is it high enough now? Do 'coons jump? Are they imune to electric shocks? Or smart enough to wait and jump through between two pulses?


guy    Posted 07-23-2007 at 21:00:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
have tried electric fence 8 to 10 off ground. kept them out of the patch with two radios playing for two weeks. fence shorted out on the weeds. went in last night got 10 ears. dirty socks sounds atempting to try. any body tried putting dog hair in a panty hose hang them up on post on the end of the field. bye for now. have 1 acre of corn.


guy    Posted 07-23-2007 at 21:00:50       [Reply]  [No Email]


guy    Posted 07-23-2007 at 21:00:50       [Reply]  [No Email]


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dan    Posted 07-27-2002 at 11:31:15       [Reply]  [Send Email]
they have little pole vaults?? yes that will work but hang some dirty socks will help


Farmer-Gene    Posted 07-29-2001 at 09:21:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Last year I stopped planting field corn long enough to plant my sweetcorn patch, then went back to planting field corn. When my fieldcorn came up I had some sweetcorn mixed in with it. When the corn got ripe the coon went right down the rows and ate all the sweetcorn Not one stalk of the field corn was touched, they must have one tremendous nose.


Monica Duncan    Posted 07-29-2001 at 05:20:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
No Coons Last Night!!!!


IHank    Posted 07-29-2001 at 08:19:01       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Monica- That probably means that your sweet corn is past prime time and they've moved on to one of your neighbors gardens. Grins, IHank


Monica Duncan    Posted 07-28-2001 at 18:44:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The guy at my local farm supply store has something which looks like it might be effective. He calls it sheep fence and it is a mesh type electric fence that is about 3 feet high and is supported on plastic poles. I have no idea what the cost of it is, but if reuable it might be worth trying for next year.

The coons don't have any respect for food. They take a nibble out of one cob then move to the next one. Some they rip off the stalks and just leave lying on the ground untouched.

My three strands electric wire are up. I'll see what happens tonight.


hay    Posted 07-28-2001 at 11:38:37       [Reply]  [No Email]
the ONLY way i have found to keep them critters out is to build a cage of 2"mesh chicken wire. i have a small 12'x36' garden plot and it was not too expensive to build and it works. NOTHING gets in except the wind. for any thing larger the cost would be prohibitive. maybe try sitting out there with a shotgun, but i doubt that work either. them coons are masters at eatin' gardens and chickens.


Issac    Posted 06-02-2005 at 04:53:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
hahahahah! really funny i have a lo cal famr aswell but myn has wierd things for sall >_<.


IHank    Posted 07-28-2001 at 09:33:52       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Monica- I suspect that the solution you want simply don't exist. The black mask on the coon's face should tell you they're big time, highly capable, robbers.

The hot wire will probably keep out the "riff-raff" (deer & skunks & possums). The radio, lights, and dog combo might get you some entertainment though.

Long ago I tried that. The coons taught my dog to enjoy sweet corn and he munched it right up with the best of the coons. Trouble was, the dog fetched his up by his dog house and we ended up with the yard full of shucks and cobs. The coons also hired the dog to be the caller for an all nite square dance party they had in the corn patch! (grin & wink here)

Seriously, the best luck I had with this problem was planting 4 side rows of the cornfield, along the lane, to sweet corn- about 3/4 mile long. The critters started munching on the East end, away from the house, and the people on the West end.

There was enough corn for all. Everybody pigged out to where they ended up diareah so bad that they gave up on fresh sweet corn before they bumped into each other in the middle. Grins, IHank


Hogman    Posted 07-28-2001 at 09:02:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try another wire just below the hot one and ground it real good.


Burrhead    Posted 07-28-2001 at 15:01:17       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yep that's the only way I been able to keep wild hawgs and coons out is to run and extra wire for the ground.

This time of the year when the ground is dry as a chip I have to put up a ground wire to keep in these lovable goats too.


Mudcat49    Posted 07-28-2001 at 08:57:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try some flashing lights and or some strobe lights. Also put a radio out there with a all night talk show on it.


Monica Duncan    Posted 07-28-2001 at 09:26:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My husband said they tried lights and radio one year and they had the worst damage that night! It appeared that the 'coons had a nice party with lights and music.


Duey (IA)    Posted 07-28-2001 at 08:28:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Hi Monica,
You might try watering the ground along the fence. A good ground connection by the coon is what gives them the FULL zap of the electric fence. A few small strips of bacon on the wire will give them pause and then a big reason to leave. Since they have already been into the sweetcorn, you will have to be as persistant to keep them out as they will be to get in !!!Duey


OW - pig fence    Posted 07-28-2001 at 07:58:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hi Monica,

Just as a test, you might try hanging an attractant along the electric fence wires, like tin can covers or aluminum foil strips or bits of wet corn ears or something. Any conductor that will make a raccoon stop & sniff before he barges in.

We had a portable pig fence years ago that worked real well, and used single-strand smooth electric wire. We laid down chunks of firewood for "posts" and just nailed the insulators on top of them. Just high enough to clear the weeds. The pigs would come rooting along, notice the tin can covers, sniff them and get a zap on their tender noses. Believe me, they learned fast! :)

Old Warrior


Monica    Posted 09-12-2005 at 06:35:02       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just going over this site I am really finding this to be some GOOD reading!


LazyHorse    Posted 07-28-2001 at 07:12:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Probably not. Coons have to be among the worlds greatest sweet corn thieves. It's amazing they always know just when it ripens. Very hard to keep out unless you have a good dog, since they can get in anywhere.


Electric Deer Fence    Posted 01-25-2004 at 18:14:22       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Try the electric deer fence link below. It may help.


Allen    Posted 01-28-2006 at 14:42:54       [Reply]  [Send Email]

You need to get a good dog to keep coons out!

I have heard also that putting a little peanut butter on an electric fence invites the deer, coons to get a particularly shocking experience.

Coons are incorragable once they find a food source. I once lived trapped one that was getting our chicken feed and figured my shouting at him before releasing him would discourage him..not so, caught him in the same trap the next night.

Only when i got a dog did the problem stop.



Bev    Posted 05-27-2006 at 12:42:23       [Reply]  [No Email]
I had good luck keeping the coons as well as deer out of my sweet corn by putting a couple drops of mineral oil on each ear just as the silk comes out. I also didn't have any bugs in my corn. They might try one ear but don't touch the others.


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