Foxes in my flock’s area

Smerlo

Chirping
Aug 13, 2018
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I experienced two losses( chicken hens) about 3 weeks apart and then I added ( out of necessity) some young birds to the flock and THEN we saw them. First we saw a red fox ( we live in a rural part of Central Pennsylvania), a couple of times, but no more losses( we have an electric wire going around the penn about 12-14 in his off the ground.). Then one day I saw, what had to be, a gray fox run down the back of our property by the bird penn. So that’s 2 foxes! ( that we know of) and our birds( chickens, ducks, and geese) are free ranging during the day. The two times that I have seen these foxes have been at like 5:30 pm so I’ve been locking the birds up before that time every day. What else can I do?
 

hayley3

Crowing
13 Years
Aug 16, 2007
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Southern Indiana
I experienced two losses( chicken hens) about 3 weeks apart and then I added ( out of necessity) some young birds to the flock and THEN we saw them. First we saw a red fox ( we live in a rural part of Central Pennsylvania), a couple of times, but no more losses( we have an electric wire going around the penn about 12-14 in his off the ground.). Then one day I saw, what had to be, a gray fox run down the back of our property by the bird penn. So that’s 2 foxes! ( that we know of) and our birds( chickens, ducks, and geese) are free ranging during the day. The two times that I have seen these foxes have been at like 5:30 pm so I’ve been locking the birds up before that time every day. What else can I do?
Foxes come at different times of the day.
This time of the year especially, free ranging without electric fencing is not safe at all.
 

Cindy in PA

Crowing
12 Years
Jul 8, 2008
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Fleetwood, PA
If you've seen 2 foxes, you probably have many more. I get 3-4 foxes at a time on my game camera lots of nights. This time of year they are out at all different times, not just at night.
 

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