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Does anyone know how high a fox can jump?  I went out tonight and saw a fox outside my 5 ft fence.  I was able to scare it off.  I checked the girls and they were all there but my silverlaced was standing all by herself and now moving around much.  I then found her feathers scattered about their outside run.  I picked her up and found several wounds on her back near her neck.  Two are puncture wounds.  We just put neosporin on them.  My question is I dont see anywhere the fox could have gotten under the fence and am wondering if it might have jumped over the fence both getting in and back out when I came out of the house.  I am thinking I might need to string some barb wire around the top of the fence.  Any ideas?

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jeff

post #2 of 18

It sounds like your area has an open roof? not enclosed?

 

Im going to guess they know how to climb...in and out.

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post #3 of 18

I read that foxes can jump about 2 meters high which is 6.6 feet high. So it is quite possible that that fox jumped over your fence. To keep the fox from coming back though, I would try putting out an animal trap with some meat in it to maybe try and catch the fox or whatever other (small) (possum, fox, etc. sized) predator is trying to get to your chickens. I use these traps to catch things (usually possums) whenever I know they've been around my coop. Here's the link to one: http://www.havahart.com/large-1-door-animal-trap?gclid=CjwKEAjw2qzHBRChloWxgoXDpyASJAB01Io0b4Ul7A_F1iipj9VB6nuyMpee7Cl1JvHs7W7Oza5WHxoC40zw_wcB

 

It's pretty easy to use too. You just put some meat behind the pressure plate and pull the door up and putt a hook around it. When the animal goes into the trap to get the meat, it will step on the pressure plate and the door will shut. 

 

So sorry about your hen! Hope she gets better. 

post #4 of 18

I read that foxes can jump about 2 meters high which is around 6.6 feet high. I would recommend using an animal trap to try and catch the fox. That's what I use to catch small predators like possums that are trying to get to my chickens. I've already typed a reply but I added a link so it said it would need to be approved before it would be posted. I don't know how long that will take so I'm typing another one. The trap that I use will come up online if you search up "Havahart Large 1-Door Animal Trap." If it doesn't work, then you probably could put barbed wire around the top of your fence. 

 

I'm so sorry to hear about your hen! Hope she gets better. 

post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by KikisGirls View Post
 

It sounds like your area has an open roof? not enclosed?

 

Im going to guess they know how to climb...in and out.


I have an enclosed coop with a small run and I have a fenced in area that is about 50ft by 100 ft with a 5 ft fence.  I will most likely buy post extenders and run barb wire tomorrow.  In the mean time they are going to be locked in the coop and enclosed run.

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jeff

post #6 of 18

Foxes are extremely accomplished climbers. They can scale any fence.

 

Your best bet is to run some hot wire around the run and coop, bait the wire with peanut butter, plug it in, and sleep well at night.

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Originally Posted by azygous View Post
 

Foxes are extremely accomplished climbers. They can scale any fence.

 

Your best bet is to run some hot wire around the run and coop, bait the wire with peanut butter, plug it in, and sleep well at night.


I am guessing you are meaning an electric shock type of cattle fence?  At what height should I place the wire?  I have the shock fence already that I install every year around my garden so I could put it up tomorrow.

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jeff

post #8 of 18

I would put several strands. That's what we do with our fence around the sweet corn patch. Start out about 4" off the ground to discourage diggers that may be sniffing around, then a few more strands about 5-7" apart. The lower one gets the diggers, the higher ones, will discourage the climbers and any canine type of predator that may be sniffing around. 

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post #9 of 18

Yes, that's how mine is rigged, too. Two parallel strands, poly wire is cheap, and the lower strand is about a foot off the ground and the higher strand is around bear height as it stands on all four feet. I like to make it very convenient for a bear to find the peanut butter I've dabbed on the wire.

 

Since bears are my most persistent predator, I actually watched one taste the peanut butter. Good times.

 

This reminds me it's time to hook my charger up. The bears have been sighted out of their dens this week.

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I guess my dog will have to learn the hard way.  Ouch

Jeff

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