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Animals to protect chickens from foxes

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by chickenboy7c2d, Jan 10, 2011.

  1. chickenboy7c2d

    chickenboy7c2d Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What sort of easy to keep Animal can I keep with my chickens that will protect them from foxes?

    -They have to be cheap
    -They have to be small
    -They can't be too noisy
     
  2. NellaBean

    NellaBean Graceland Farms

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    I know of nothing that would work for that. You need either good fencing (fully secure pen including secure roofing and non-diggable barrier) or livestock guardian dogs.
     
  3. Barred Rocks forever

    Barred Rocks forever Chillin' With My Peeps

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    geese is the only thing i can think of that its what you want but they can become prey to foxes to i hear the best would be a dog
     
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  4. elizabethbinary

    elizabethbinary Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 22, 2010
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    A Sussex Cockeral!

    I'm partially joking but I actually saw a tailless Sussex cockeral once because it ATE a fox. Lost it's tail but the fox lost it's life trying to get to the rooster's hens!!!
     
  5. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Massachusetts
    I think that geese would be too loud and would only alert you of the fox, not defend the chickens
    what about miniature llama do you that could work?
    In most cases it is a lot more effective to prevent the fox then to have animals to guard the hens
     
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  6. Jasmine1998

    Jasmine1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My friend keeps her goat buck in the fenced in chicken yard & ever since then has not had any trouble with foxes. He cannot get into the coop, but he protects the yard.
     
  7. Hound

    Hound Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anything small and quiet probably isn't going to take on a fox. Generally the better they are at predator protection, the better they'd be at killing chickens themselves.
     
  8. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    What you ask for is difficult to provide. Is there any possibility that you could use electric fencing?
     
  9. chickenboy7c2d

    chickenboy7c2d Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have quite secure fencing but I want a protective animal for extra peice of mind!
     
  10. dewey

    dewey Chillin' With My Peeps

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