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  Thursday, 20 March 2014
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Hi All,
This note from a bird watcher in the south of Vermont. This is not the first report that the bears are waking early. Get those fences dug out and on!

Just wanted to alert feeders/back country explorers that bears are awake. I was hitat 8:43 this am. Here in Manchester we just got a dusting in that last storm, so we don't have as much snow cover as Rutland and north, but it is still quite arctic here! Oh well - an earlier than planned end to my feeding here. He had done quite well for himself with suet and a Squirrel Buster he'd ripped down before I caught him, so I'm sure he'll be back!
7 years ago
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#804
Gotcha, I realized that after I asked the question it would'nt make a bit of difference as all the wires were connected. I'm not too fast sometimes. Thanks Kim
7 years ago
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#803
Yes, if possible. Our fencer is in our barn and then the positive fence wire comes out of the barn and connects up with the fence. I'm suggesting that if that connection ties in with the fence down low, you'll have to dig it out in the spring. If that connection came in high on the fence (top strand) then we'd just need to dig out the fence and not the connection that goes back to the barn.
7 years ago
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#802
Kim, what suggestions do you have for solar electric fencing to protect hives from bears, raccoons, etc...
Michelle Rauch, Stowe


I have 15 apiaries with bear fences. I use either Gallagher B-11 or Speedright AN-90 chargers. They run on D-cell batteries of a deep cycle 12v battery. I have a solar panel attached to the battery that keeps the battery charged. They've been running for a year with no battery re-charge.

Wellscroft Fencing in New Hampshire has the AN-90 and the solar panel. I build the brackets that hold the panel to a fence post.
7 years ago
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#801
Kim are you saying put the positive side from the charger to thr top wire. I didn't.
7 years ago
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#800
While you're at the store, pick up a fence tester too. And then use it regularly to make sure your fence has the charge it needs. Also commonly, solar chargers loose their charge overnight when you need it most, so if you go that route also have a marine battery as a backup. And if skunks are around where you live, make sure the lowest strand is low to the ground. Also, while you're setting it up, do what we didn't and be mindful of what will be under the snow: have the source of the fence come in on the top strand instead of the bottom strand. Good luck!
7 years ago
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#799
Hi Michelle,
Here is a file from Fish and Wildlife that may help you build your fence. Of what they say the only thing I would disagree with is the use of herbicide to keep the weeds down under the fence. I would encourage brushcutter and/or landscape fabric does as good or better a job and healthier for the bees.
There are many forms of fences, this is only one form. Key areas are the spacing of wires, good grounding, a reliable charger and making sure it is working weekly.
Hope this helps,

Jeffrey
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7 years ago
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#798
hello Michelle. We picked ours up at tractor supply
7 years ago
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#797
Kim, what suggestions do you have for solar electric fencing to protect hives from bears, raccoons, etc... I will need to have an electric fence in my area. Not sure what to get or where to get it?.....
Michelle Rauch, Stowe
7 years ago
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#796
Bear sighting this week high in the hills of Duxbury up on Camel's Hump. Time to dig out the fences!
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