Originally Posted by dowgirl71
Oh great. I wondered if they would try to climb over. My fence is 6ft, I think and it is not covered but I was hoping to when the snow is gone (and my husband can work on it). Thanks, hoppy, for the paintball gun idea. I can definitely handle one of those! My husband also just put some pellets in the BB gun but are those the "pellets" you were saying that birds will eat? I worked all day, today, but my boys said there was no sign of the fox. I also alerted my neighbor to my fox problem and he was happy to keep a look out with his gun ready. Both he and his wife hunt birds. I live in an area that is right on the line of the no shoot zone. I heard that across the road is OK, but on this side is not. I was talking with our school police officer about the fox (he also has chickens and lives out in the country). His comment was, "Where I live we'd shoot it!" Suppose he means shoot it, but don't say that I mentioned it? I wonder...
So, you politely ask the fox to cross the road before you shoot it. It sounds like one of those situations where you'd shoot first and ask questions later. (as long as you can safely do it.) Beware. That fox was checking out the picnic site. He will be back, and he will help himself. We once had a coon decimate our flock, and he had the nerve to come back the next morning, in broad daylight to finish off the few hens he missed the first time. Curiosity got the best of him. He wasn't the brightest crayon in he box. My husband missed with the first shot. He dove under the coop, which gave time to reload, then he stuck his head out to see what that loud noise was. End of story.