Originally Posted by MyHaven
I did love my sons Silkie. She was a gift for his second birthday and would sit on his lap. It makes me sad to think what happened to her. They are so inoffensive and defensless.
I can't believe I could get a fox in my backyard. The council are coming to trap again next week. This is just a precaution none have been back that I know. Last time they trapped, the first night we caught a possum (it's a kind trap) and the fox must have walked passed it to get in for the second attack on my chooks. Then we caught a domestic dog and finally a fox. It turns out your yard is really busy at night.
Yes, some people do not take the care of their animals they should and don't consider their neighbours.
To MyHaven and anyone else who might be interested :
.... foxes seem prevalent all over Australia. Hubby goes to work very early in the a.m. and has seen many of them wending their way back to their dens with or without food in their mouths. When feeding young kits, they are particularly on the hunt. The biggest grey fox he saw, was about the size of a German Shepherd. Mostly we have the red fox, but they can look distinctly grey in colouring in the dawn light.
Locking up chickens in early evening, and letting them out when full daylight occurs, is the best way to try to protect them - but wily foxes can figure out ways into a coop. They also do range for food, during the day time, particularly in very quiet areas - not so much in built up busy areas.
I have small locks on my nesting box lids - and the girls 'go back to prison' in the evenings - well, that's what it's like, because I have so many latches, bricks, rat stoppers and looped car top elastics, to stop anything getting in there. Plus small faced wire on their doors.
Now - if you have a dog, it is wise to leave some newly deposited woopsies from the dog, near anywhere you might think a fox can think of entering. They do not like the smell of dog faeces - is frightening to them apparently. Our back yard is entirely fenced off, and the only way a fox could enter ( relatively easily as they do climb ) is over the side gates, and side trellis high fenced parts. The other 3 sides of our back garden is very high wooden fenced.
Secondly, if you can get hubby to pee along the possible / probable areas of entry, ( my husband flatly refused --- because he is kinda just like that about such things !!! ) male human urine is a distinct ward off for foxes. Female human urine does nothing, so don't bother with the potty. When I knew there were foxes around, ( and with 'NO' from husband ) ... I sprayed ammonia around everywhere, hoping it might do a similar job. That is apparently used in commercial fox repellant spray, and is effective.
Below is a link, that explains a bit more .... and underscores a couple of things I have already mentioned .... but it should help. Because if you have had them in your back-garden, you will have them again - some time. They have an innate ability to remember where good food can be obtained.
Good luck with all that ..... I hope you win big time against the sneaky and clever, foxes.
Edited by Anniebee - 2/29/16 at 3:11am