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Advice on fox proofing coop

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by kat79, May 16, 2018.

  1. kat79

    kat79 Songster 5 Years

    Apr 21, 2013
    Hi everyone,
    I have just lost my last 2 ducks ( female and a drake muscovy), 2 silkies and a mixed breed to what i believe was a fox. As I never had trouble with foxes before til now( I live in the suburbs) What does everyone use to lay under their coops? normal chicken wire or wire with smaller holes?
  2. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Songster

    Oct 30, 2017
    Sorry for your loss.
    Chicken wire does nothing to keep predators out. They can reach through, tear through, or in the case of snakes and rats can just squeeze through.
    You want hardware cloth. It's a metal mesh, very durable. Buy it at your nearest hardware store, wrap the entire structure in hardware cloth. If you dig a trench outside the pen and put the hardware cloth about 10 inches straight down, then out in all directions a couple feet from there, that should keep digging animals out.
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  3. kat79

    kat79 Songster 5 Years

    Apr 21, 2013
    Thank you fishkeeper.

    Fantastic. Thank you so much you saved me making a huge mistake.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member 5 Years

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Did the predator get into your coop...at night?
    Post pics of coop and we can help you bolster it.
  5. JackE

    JackE Crowing 8 Years

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    You can surround a much larger area for less $$$, with electrified poultry net. It's a whole lot easier to install, also. No digging and setting posts, and wrestling with yards of high dollar hardware cloth. I have my coop surrounded with 650' of it, and have not lost a bird to a ground predator, in 6yrs. This is where I got my netting.

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  6. Duckstail

    Duckstail Songster

    Apr 17, 2018

    500 $ electric fences cheaper than hardware cloth? I knew new hardware cloth was expensive but dang!!!

    Ifu live in the suburbs I'm thinking it's more of a raccoon or a coyote
  7. JackE

    JackE Crowing 8 Years

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    Yes, as I said, a MUCH larger area, for LESS. Try fencing the area I have, with hardware cloth, for less money. And, I did not buy it all at once. Started with 300', bought the rest over a couple years. After a couple of near total wipeouts by the local foxes, installing this fence was one of the best things I've done for my birds.
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  8. rita2paul

    rita2paul Songster 6 Years

    Aug 31, 2011
    i totally agree, electric fencing all the time, i have kept poultry for 30 years and never lost a bird to a fox.

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