Advice on fox proofing!

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by lindseydar, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. lindseydar

    lindseydar In the Brooder

    Oct 8, 2017
    F36375FE-CB49-4E88-9160-3B7BCC434729.png 87EA5DC5-25E6-4018-AD08-BF1ED2679E02.png E1415903-B1A2-425D-A824-862BD19DFD14.jpeg Hello!
    I’m looking for some advice as I’m getting three silkie chicks and I want to make sure that their coop and run is as fox proof as possible.

    I have attached a picture of the run that I’ve bought and also of the chicks that will soon be coming to their new home ☺️
    I will be purchasing run extensions to ensure that the chicks get as much exercise and stimulation as they can when they’re not out and about in the garden.

    Advice on fox proofing techniques and what you’ve done yourself would be fab.
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  2. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    Jan 9, 2017
    SE Wisconsin
    Shoot the foxes!!!
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  3. lindseydar

    lindseydar In the Brooder

    Oct 8, 2017
    No guns here in the UK ‍♀️
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  4. Folly's place

    Folly's place Free Ranging

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Welcome! It must be dig- proof, down about 30 cm, or have a hardware cloth skirt out about 60 cm to prevent digging into the coop or run. Is the run covered? It needs to be, and then make sure your hardware cloth is well secured! You could also have big stray dogs arrive, and they can cause amazing damage. Mary
  5. The Phantom

    The Phantom I love birds!!!

    Jan 9, 2017
    SE Wisconsin
    Snare them!!
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  6. Sassysouth

    Sassysouth Free Ranging

    May 12, 2016
    Decatur, AL
    I stapled hardware cloth to the bottom of mine and filled over the hardware cloth with dirt, sand, peat moss, just a variety of stuff.
  7. Fairview01

    Fairview01 Songster

    Jan 26, 2017
    Dallas, TX
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  8. microchick

    microchick Crossing the Road

    Got foxes. Lots of foxes on our farm. A female took up residence under our neighbor's vacation cabin and raised kits there this sumer managing to feed them entirely on the neighborhood's chicken flocks. Our next door neighbor lost every bird except one hen and it wasn't unusual for us to walk around our pond and find feathers from everything from Guinea fowl to somebody's white chickens. We don't have white chickens.

    The cabin owner finally came to his cabin for a holiday and we got to tell him about his non paying guests. We had seen the female several times, she is a big beautiful animal and have found her kit's footprints around our coop. He knew about her but hadn't been able to catch her in the open long enough to shoot her. He said there were hundreds of picked chicken bones under his cabin so those babies were well fed.

    I am certain the reason we haven't lost any of our birds to a fox is 1) we do not free range 2)we have farm dogs who LOVE to torment varmints, kill and eat them if possible and 3) we have a hot wire running around our coop and run.

    Our coop is also metal clad on all sides and sits on a concrete slab and yes, we have a livestock grade hot wire system around the run at heights varying from 5 inches to 8 inches, and around three sides of the coop. Like I said, we have found the kit's footprints in mud around the fence so they are scoping our area out takers. We plan to add a second line at the top of the run to prevent anything from climbing. My fence panels are kennel grade chain link.

    So foxes will dig and yes, they will climb. You can always bury wire as suggested but my best suggestion is go hot wire. If you have pets, yes, they will test the waters and yes they will get zapped....never to come near those birds who they are sure are armed and dangerous. Same with foxes or any other wild animal that sniffs around your coop.

    No hunting....but can you trap nuisance animals? First off. Fox are very hard to trap with a live trap. I talked to a conservation official getting permission to rid the neighborhood of our unwanted guests and he told me they call them foxes for a reason. You can't outfox them with a live trap. He suggested using foot traps but gave us permission to shoot the fox and her kits as they have proven themselves to be nuisance animals that kill livestock.

    So that is my final suggestion. Do you have conservation officers in the UK that you can call to have remove the fox from your area? I'd still go with a hot wire and a good tough dog but I'd also contact them for help and suggestions. I know things are done differently in the UK then they are here, so that might be the place to start.

    Good luck. Gorgeous coop BTW!
  9. penny1960

    penny1960 Going back to La La Land

    Dec 29, 2015
    Mossyrock, WA
    I actually wrapped mine inside around 2x 6 so deep cleaning I did not fight wire I use washer on screws to secure the wire letting 3 ft go outside and 1 ft wrapped you would want it secured to the sidewalls at the bottom also... you talk of silkies the 3 would plenty in there but very happy
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  10. 21hens-incharge

    21hens-incharge Addict

    Mar 9, 2014
    Northern Colorado
    I agree with Folly.

    Also watch every day for teeth marks to show up on the wood.

    They are tenacious about gaining entry. Motion sensor lights that are on the house but trigger if you (or something else) go near the coop.

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