Foxes in the yard at night!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Dani & Mikey, May 14, 2018.

  1. Dani & Mikey

    Dani & Mikey Songster

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    I woke up to that awful sound, that terrible fox bark/scream. I threw open the windows and started yelling, “Get the :mad: out of here you stupid fox!”
    I am sure the neighbors loved that. I know we have foxes, that’s not new but to hear them out there and know my girls were out there...that was true freak out mode.
    I am now going to be scouring the forums for all the fox tips just wanted to share my 2a.m shouting session with my chicken people.
    You guys get it.
     
  2. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Crossing the Road

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    Are they shut in a predator proof coop at night? Foxes also hunt in the day time. I assume you are in a no shoot area?
     
  3. Dani & Mikey

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    Yeah, they are safe in the coop at night. They also have a safe run attached. My bedroom window is overlooking where the coop sits in the yard so I can hear any ruckus going on. I knew this day would come but man...still had me shoot up out of bed in a cold sweat! We are in a zoned agriculture area and the neighbors have no problem shooting so I guess that’s allowed!
    I have seen them during the day once. It was really nutty because a flock of crows was following it around and making a huge noise. They may have saved our neighborhood stray cat that day.
     
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  4. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

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    If fox was not disturbed when visiting, then it will likely come by same time each day / night as part of its hunting route. If it scores on something like a rabbit or chicken, then it may start coming in more frequently. I have stayed out many times to get shot at foxes following pattern. If you give it a good solid scare it will likely stop coming in for a while. Yelling and even fence zap does not stop them from visiting / probing perimeter. Close call with dog or firearm discharge does make for a good scare.
     
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  5. Dani & Mikey

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    I knew we were going to have to invest in a gun! Yelling usually makes them go away but you’re right, they come back. I am not about to let them get a chicken dinner so I had better up my game!
     

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