Electrified fencing is a very good idea but I have a little brother who's a toddler and I would hate for him to get electrified. Our chickens are fenced-in but our neighbours chickens are free-ranged. When they get back from work today I'll warn them about the foxes. Our fencing is fairly good I would say but I don't know if it would be fox proof. I can't remember if our chickens were free-ranged or not last year when the fox got in.Fox kits are adorable, but they do grow up! Your best protection is a predator proof coop and run! Electrified poultry netting is a very big help too. Free ranging during the day is always a risk, but worth it for many flocks, depending on local conditions. Well trained guard dogs are the most expensive, labor intensive protection, again requiring very good fencing to keep them home. Mary
Trust me, I would shoot them if I could. Ever since a fox got one of my chickens, I never liked them again.You need to shoot them or kill them some other way. I know they are cute and innocent, but I don't think you have any other choice, based on my experience.
Thanks so much for your help. I'm very worried about my chickens and my neighbours chickens too.Please be on alert. Folly's place has very solid recommendations. One summer we lost over 30 hens to fox. Although our losses have been less since then, they still occur even in super safe areas. Fox dig under, and climb over. They will take on pet rabbits, cats and small puppies and miniature dogs. Even 8 foot fence is no deterrent. learned that fox will inhabit old dens! From the efforts of another farmer, over 12 fox were trapped. Only months after that more moved in the area. So many fox are not afraid of people as humans have left food. So destruction of any old dens can be helpful but not the answer. I would look for old dens and ask neighbors to do the same and eliminate them. In our area, some have found dens of fox living under their houses, so make sure house penning is secure. Sly like a fox has a reason as a saying. They are bold and will even come out in the daylight. One came within a few feet of my kitchen at 3:00 pm where I was looking out the window. It had one of my fav hens and even on the way to "cross" the road apparently to its den, It was walking around looking at other coops! They will also bring their cubs out for training and when they have you will know it as it's one of the worst scenes of destruction ever. Sorry to be so verbally graphic. But I somehow thought I could protect the flocks always and have learned that sometimes dogs must sleep or are in another area. They do not respond to the chemical fox deterrant. MOST fox are rabid so said my state dept of natural resources as they did not want the body of the fox run over in the road. Fox also carry other diseases, so do not handle them please. Whatever you do, please do not trap and relocate your fox out in the country where they will become a problem for others. That is not a solution There is no shortage of fox and there are some individually that might be willing to help in your efforts for a fee. You can find them in your local agricultural bulletin or other listings. I think I talked too much but wishing you and the flocks the best. I love all animals but predators are not welcome. Blessings.