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Study finds the optimal mesh size and height for rabbit fence?

British scientists studied the most cost effective specifications for fencing to protect young trees from rabbits.

The verdict: use 50×25 mm mesh (about 1" x 2"), at a height of 0.75 m (2-1/2').

See McKillop et al, "Improved specifications for Rabbit Fencing for Tree Protection ",Forestry (1988) 61 (4): 359-368, available at http://forestry.oxfordjournals.org/content/61/4/359.full.pdf+html

How to Stop Rabbits From Getting Into Your Garden

Rabbits getting into your vegetables? Rabbits eating your flowers? Not sure how best to keep rabbits out of your garden?

You can use violence, chemical deterrence, and physical barriers.

Violent methods include shooting rabbits with a gun and keeping a dog near your garden. The gun method does not work very well. You cannot kill all the rabbits. They breed like rabbits. They will come back at night and eat your vegetables while you sleep. Dogs can be an effective deterrent. Rabbits are afraid of crazy dogs. However, many dogs will themselves disrupt your garden.

Chemicals are available that will poison rabbits or which are otherwise aversive to them. The urine of certain predatory animals can be purchased and sprayed around your garden. Rabbit poison pellets can be left around the perimeter of your yard. Both of these methods use substances that deplete over time and are washed away in the rain or under irrigation. You will have to be diligent enough to keep your perimeter freshly stocked with fox urine or poison pellets.

At greater up-front cost is the rabbit fencing solution. A sturdy rabbit fence installed around your garden is an effective physical barrier that does not wash away in the rain, does not introduce noxious chemicals into your environment, and does not bark at night!

Is "Rabbit Proof Fencing" Possible?

Can you put in a fence that will absolutely prevent intrusion by rabbits? Yes, you can. But not all kinds of rabbit fence construction will meet that standard.

Rabbit are tenacious. If they are hungry and your garden is full of great looking vegetables, they will do what they can to get through any fence you may have.

Rabbits can chew your fence and they can burrow under it.

The most secure rabbit fences will be installed in a trench, which is then filled tightly with dirt. This will make it harder for rabbits and other animals to burrow under the fence.

Secondly, the wire used for rabbit fencing varies in strength. Lighter gauge material is easier to chew through. 12 gauge is thicker than 14 gauge, which is thicker than 16 gauge, and so on. Use a heavier gauge to prevent breaches through chewing.

Finally, an even more secure option is to construct a two-level barrier. Install a rabbit fence, and then, a foot out, another fence. Doubling your perimeter protection in this way will bring you closer to a true rabbit proof fence.

"As to Lot 11 it was testified that in 1928 it was cultivated, except one-fourth next to the Casaletti property and that one-fourth was a wash; that there was then a rabbit fence existing on the property line running across the wash, which fence was put up by the Casalettis in 1926 or 1927..."

JOE CASALETTI et al., Appellants, v. GEORGE McGUIRE et al., Respondents
Court of Appeal of California, Fourth Appellate District
89 Cal. App. 2d 777; 201 P.2d 889

January 21, 1949

JUDGES: Griffin, J. Barnard, P. J., and Mussell, J., concurred.


Plaintiffs commenced this action in 1945, to quiet title to a strip of land about 23 feet in width and lying between Lots 4, 5, 12 and 13, owned by plaintiffs, and Lots 3, 6, and 11, owned by defendants McGuire, and Lot 14, owned by defendants Frost, all in Block I, Etiwanda Colony Lands.

The complaint contains two counts. The first sets forth the usual allegations to quiet title. The second is for ejectment. The answer denied generally the allegations of plaintiffs' complaint and alleged possession and title in defendants, and as additional defenses that more than 20 years prior to the commencement of the action, there had existed an uncertainty or belief of uncertainty in the location of the boundary lines between the two tiers of lots, and that there had been an agreement between the owners or their predecessors in interest as to the fixing of the line and designation thereof on the ground, and a subsequent occupation of the successors in interest, including the plaintiffs and defendants, in accordance with the line so established on the ground, and an improvement by the defendants and their predecessors in interest of the lands lying casterly of the agreed line; that the plaintiffs and their predecessors for more than 20 years had acquiesced in and conformed the use of Lots 4, 5, 12 and 13, to the agreed boundary line, accepting the same as the boundary line between the two groups of lots; that for more than 20 years prior to the commencement of the action, after the establishment of the agreed line, the plaintiffs and their predecessors in interest observed the improvements, by the defendants and their predecessors, of all the areas lying easterly of the agreed line, and that the plaintiffs and their predecessors did not object to the improvements until the year 1944; that the plaintiffs were barred by their own laches from maintaining or prosecuting such an action; that section 318 of the Code of Civil Procedure constituted a bar to each count of the complaint; that plaintiffs and their predecessors had not had possession of nor did they own the land in dispute within five years preceding the commencement of the action, but that defendants and their predecessors did have possession thereof since 1926, under a claim of title, and claimed to be the owners thereof and paid taxes thereon.