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Old 07-14-2008, 07:31 PM   #1
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I have dairy and boer goats, and 1 deer, and they are eating the bark off my maple tree in the back yard. short of putting wire around it, which would be tricky because of all the branches and limbs that are pretty low, I was wondering if anyone knew of something I could brew up to put on the tree to keep them from eating the bark.
Or do they sell anything that would work???
This tree is in my back yard and all the trees have wire around them but this one was hard to wire.
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hot sauce might work.



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I have heard "manure" tea painted on.
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I thought about that, or cayanne pepper mixed with water and spray on the tree? My hubby just cut down one of the limbs that they chewed all the way around so they are eating the leaves right now, maybe it is just the distraction so I can try to put something on the tree!!!
I have been thinking of things that taste nasty...!!!!

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yes it has to coat the entire part of the tree they can reach

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I've taken buckets of goat manure mixed with water and spread it thickly around the trees and they won't chew on them. Only problem is if you're in a moist environment or too dry it won't last.

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cayenne (sp) pepper doesnt work for me, they love it! they lick it right off the leaves.

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I have never used the manure tea. If there were any trees I didn't want killed I would use chicken wire around them. The goats can take bark off mature fir trees! The llamas will ring trees too!

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We're using welded wire, but it's the plastic coated stuff so you have to go around twice. I hope the maple tree survives, they did a number on it.

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I wondered about cayenne pepper to, my milk goat ate an onion today! I am glad I am not milking her yet, she is nursing twins! I bet that milk tastes spunky!!
I was thinking about wrapping chicken wire around it, but didn't want something that would grow into the tree. I am putting a fence up soon, but so far we just have a fence kinda around the tree, temporary.



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