Getting a new pet is such an exciting experience for the family, especially when the pets are unique. Outside of the typical dog or cat that most families keep as pets, there are also rabbits, chickens, miniature pigs, goats, and many other pets that are excellent for both spacious and small backyards. However, fencing the backyard must be a priority before getting these new pets.
What Type of Animal is Being Fenced?
The required type of fencing is going to depend on the species of animal that is being adopted. For dogs, a 4 foot standard fence without large openings is ideal, such as a chain link fence. For goats in a spacious backyard, concrete-set wooden poles with a wire livestock fencing would be best. In the case of rabbits and pigs, they tend to like to dig underneath the fence. They are far worse than dogs, as rabbits can dig several feet under the ground while a pig can destroy a fence with its strong snout. For these species, it may be necessary to bury a tightly woven fence two to three feet into the ground.
The Importance of Treated Wood
The posts holding a fence will take a lot of abuse throughout the years. Treated wood poles resist both natural rot and decay, while also repelling wood boring insects that might compromise the integrity of the pole. A weakened pole could allow animals to escape or predators to enter. A single predator could wipe out a flock of chickens or several rabbits in just a few minutes! A sturdy pole could easily last 15 years, making it well worth the investment.
Choosing the Fencing
For a solid fence that will resist gaps and offer privacy, wooden plank fences are excellent for a variety of pets. They may need to be reinforced at ground level in order to reduce the risk of rabbit escapees. Chain link fencing offers versatile security for standard dogs, chickens, and goats, but it may not be quite as strong when faced with a pig or extra large breed of dog, such as Great Danes. Where chain link may fail, heavy duty square cattle and livestock fencing should do quite well.
With proper fencing, families will have very little to worry about when it come to the safety of their beloved pets. Fencing should be inspected regularly for any weak spots, holes, holes in the ground, or signs of predators who may have attempted to enter.