So about 2 months ago, we lost all of 12of our chickens to a fox around 7pm (still light out!!) . We keep out chickens free ranging during the day in a 15x30 foot fenced yard and lock them inside their secure coop around 6pm every day. That night we were late locking them in their coop (I just had a baby 4 days before and things were wild in our house with the new baby and our 2 year old) and came out around 8:30 and found the massacre. Very sad. We know for sure it was a fox because some were missing and the others just had their necks broken. We were devastated- these were our babies, as I'm sure you understand. It was a mother and daughter hen and their babies that they raised who were only about 4 weeks old. Heart breaking.
So I am doing what I can to re-bolster the yard. I think what happened is that the fox jumped on top of the coop and into the yard....now we are enclosing the coop within the yard. The fencing we are using is 8" tall 1 inch high quality deer fencing. I was told the floppy nature actually helps keep the predators out.
So my MAIN questions are:
1- Could we just always keep a trap next to the chicken coop to try and catch the fox when/if he comes near again?
2- Would a 48" electric poultry fence keep out fox if they can jump over 8"?
I am trying to figure out whatever we can do....I don't know if I could go through what we went through again.
Any thoughts/advice appreciated :) Thank you!
Edited by oatsbgoats - 8/17/12 at 11:33am