Fox Sightings should I worry

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by NateinFL, Dec 21, 2009.

  1. NateinFL

    NateinFL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Opinion please: A new development is being built right next to the area I live. Foxes can be seen hanging out there. I have all my pens inside of a 6ft secure privacy fence in my backyard. Will a fox hop a 6 ft fence to get to my pens. Are they good at breaking into pens? I have the bottoms secured so nothing can dig under but they might find a way through my door. Anyone here think foxes are a threat to my backyard flock? Should I worry? A simple answer will do. Nathan
     
  2. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Foxes routinely scale 6 foot fences with relative ease. A cover on your run would be a good idea. Good luck.
     
  3. Zac S. Orig. 7 hatchery

    Zac S. Orig. 7 hatchery Out Of The Brooder

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    Fox will not jump a fence but will dig all the way down to "you know where." depending on the state you live in, it is nessecary to get a trapping license. I am not saying bend the law, but for the safety of your poultry, any nearby wild canine should find a trap. If you are interested in trapping them, i could walk you through it.
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Zac S. Orig. 7 hatchery :

    Fox will not jump a fence...

    I beg to differ. I believe there's a photo somewhere on this site that says otherwise. I don't have time to look for it, now, but maybe later. Foxes won't jump the fence, they will simply climb it.
    ETA- This link gives you the idea.
     
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  5. Zac S. Orig. 7 hatchery

    Zac S. Orig. 7 hatchery Out Of The Brooder

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    You right. I meant that i havent seen a fox junp a fence. When looking for food, would you rather bend down to grab a yogart out of the fridge or climb up ontop of a cabinet. When trapping, you look for the most appealing set for a fox.
     
  6. Roy

    Roy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Foxes can climb almost as well as coons, be careful...
     
  7. gsim

    gsim Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are climbers and cagey too. They have all night to dig under that fence too, as does any coon or possum that comes along. Foxes are next to impossible to catch in a live trap. A leg trap can do it, but human scent must be obliterated all around the trap I would guess. Great place to dump a lot of chicken poop after trap is set, to cover the human scent.

    Electrification is best bet via a hot wire on top of your fence. A complete coop lockdown is a must for safety every eve at dusk. You will want to patrol the yard too before letting them out. Fox or coon could be hiding out and grab one after you finish morning chores. Chooks won't know it is there. [​IMG]
     
  8. davidb

    davidb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A fox can jump go under and though and climb
     
  9. Kelsey Cathy

    Kelsey Cathy Out Of The Brooder

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    If I let my 9 girls out to free range an hour or so before dusk....observed of course...would they be relatively safe? In other words, due prediators hunt during daylight hours?
     
  10. arherp

    arherp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had two red tails kill 27 of my chickens around 13:00. So the Middle of the day, Broad daylight.
     

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