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post #11 of 17

The identity doesn't really matter much. With a trail of feathers you know it's a land animal that is scaling the fence. The first place to start is to make it so an animal can't scale the fence. There are perhaps many ways to accomplish this. I would opt for a quick and simple plan of action which would include a few strands of poly wire or poly tape attached a few inches on outside of run and connected to a charger. Two strands of electric, one low and one high will stop an animal from climbing a fence. If your fence does not have a dig proof apron then put the first electric wire about 4 inches above ground. Problem solved.

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks to everyone for their help. Im going to start trapping for a fox and a bobcat and see what i get. And i do have electric wire at the bottom of fence. So it is jumping to the top of the fence. Im thinking bobcat so far. Will a fox jump to top of 5 foot fence grab a rooster and then jump back on top? I know they can jump that high but with a rooster? Probably. So ill set traps for both and see what happens. Thanks again and ill keep you posted if i catch anything. You guys are great.
post #13 of 17

If you already have electric then add a wire around top of fence. That's a very quick job. They either jump and scramble up and over or jump to top then over. A top wire would repel them back and train the animals to stay away for good. 

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
I have one at the top too, but unless your touching the ground it doesnt shock. Useless really. Unless you can tell me how to set it up to shock without being grounded. I dont know how.
post #15 of 17
If your predator is climbing over, he will be grounded by the fence he is climbing. He does not have to be touching the ground.
post #16 of 17

Think of foxes as more like cats.  They are slim, nimble, and can climb very well.

post #17 of 17

Other than Eagles there are no birds of prey in North America that can become air born with an adult Buff Orphington.  All the hawks and owls have to order in.

Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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Keep your chickens safe from predators, buy and wear fur. 
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