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fox attack and poultry netting

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by ruthraf, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. ruthraf

    ruthraf Hatching

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    I just joined Backyard Chickens and have been raising chickens for 6 months now. We have just started getting eggs! We were letting our chickens free range in the yard while we are home until a couple of weeks ago we had a fox attack. Luckily, he only got away with a mouth full of feathers and our 3 hens escaped relatively unharmed. We are looking for the best way to keep them safe, but also give them some more room. We were thinking about using the electrified poultry netting, but have some safety concerns.
    1. Is it predator-proof/safe enough to leave the chickens in during the day if no one is home?
    2. It talks a lot about shocking predators which is great, but I am worried about it shocking my chickens and also my 4 pound puppy. How dangerous is the shock to small animals and children?
    thanks!
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word Staff Member Premium Member 7 Years

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    So sorry about the fox attack but at least your birds are safe! I am not familiar with fox attacks and I have never used electric fencing either! [​IMG] (I keep my birds in a run with supervised free ranging only due to the high count or predators around here) You might post this question in our Predators and Pests section for lots of help with predator proofing your area...https://www.backyardchickens.com/f/13/predators-and-pests

    Here is a section from our learning center on predators and how to protect your flock from them too....https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/chicken-predators-pests-how-to-protect-treat-your-flock

    Good luck and I hope your flock stays safe! :)
     
  3. ruthraf

    ruthraf Hatching

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    thanks so much! I will check out the predator area.
     
  4. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC!
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Feel free to ask lots of questions! We're all here to help. [​IMG]
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  7. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
     
  8. ruthraf

    ruthraf Hatching

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    Thanks everyone!!
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Sorry for the attacks!

    Glad you joined!
     
  10. giantsndottes

    giantsndottes In the Brooder

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    Welcome, fox are nighturnal unless really hungry. We have 3 large dogs that are poultry protective cuz we made them that way. Teach your pup.
     

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