and ideas on how to ward off preditors

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by adobechicks, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. adobechicks

    adobechicks In the Brooder

    Mar 3, 2012
    My chickens have to be cooped up all winter...I feel bad for them because they love to be out. But we have let them out for about 30min once and lost a hen. The fox is hungry in the winter time !!!! We don't have a dog...and don't really want one. Any suggestions?

  2. hispoptart

    hispoptart Songster

    Apr 14, 2011
    NW Colorado
    Shoot the fox.
  3. Bullitt

    Bullitt Songster

    Jan 16, 2012
    I was going to suggest getting a dog and training it not to chase chickens, but you said you didn't want a dog.

    Could you build a wire-enclosed run for the chickens to be in during the day? To make it more secure, I would suggest installing an electrical fence wire around the run. If the fox touches the wire run, he will get zapped and run away.

    Shooting a fox will not solve the problem. There are other foxes, raccoons, and other animals that will kill chickens.
  4. spacepony

    spacepony In the Brooder

    Oct 2, 2011
    near Yorkville, GA
    a well-penned yard

  5. adobechicks

    adobechicks In the Brooder

    Mar 3, 2012
    I enjoy watching the foxes. They are really pretty and they have dens with babies. So I don't want to shoot them. The chickens do have a run for the daytime. I guess I just feel bad that they can't roam around wherever.
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2012
  6. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member 9 Years

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Well, sounds like you have the solution. Most vixens are probably in whelp now and will soon have their kits. Then the dog fox begins hunting in earnest, and momma and the kids love chicken.
  7. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Songster

    Jan 16, 2010
    Maybe poultry netting, can it be used as sort of a corral? Mine have to stay in Fort Hennrietta too, They have a 12 x 20 dog run, their coop is completely inside it, and off the ground so they have a little more space. I have been doing things like getting a head of Romane lettuce and hanging it up for them to work on all day. I found a grocery salvage store that usually has it for cheap.

    So I don't have any real suggestions, just ones to lessen the guilt. I love to watch the foxes too. Why can't they do a better job on the stupid squirrels?

  8. KingOfThePeeps

    KingOfThePeeps In the Brooder

    Feb 25, 2012
    I have a fenced yard for my dog, and I put the coop and run right next to it. I cut a hole so they can use the yard when the dog is in the house.
  9. JackE

    JackE Crowing 8 Years

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    After the fox has practically wiped out your flock a couple of times, then see how much you like them. I shoot them on sight. The fox won't just take one bird, he'll kill half a dozen or more in one attack. The fox around here have really crimped my birds free ranging. Somebody HAS to be here when they are out. I'm going to try the electrified poultry fence. I have it on order and it arriving this week. Hopefully, I'll be able to let my birds out early and let them enjoy the day without being obliterated.

  10. harveyhorses

    harveyhorses Songster

    Jan 16, 2010
    That is why mine have a totally inclosed run, including roof. The fox family has been here as long as we have, or at least 'foxes'
    going on 48 years. I only have 4 and they don't go free range unless we are in the yard. My coop is not as nice as yours, but the
    run makes up for it. IMHO. Sorry for your losses.

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