Foxes!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chicken singer, Aug 26, 2016.

  1. chicken singer

    chicken singer Out Of The Brooder

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    I have been having some fox attacks on my hens pretty frequently. Is there any good way to keep them from getting my girls or to keep them out of the yard, period? (besides not letting them free range)
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  2. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Trapping the fox. Depending on where you live there are plenty of people who would gladly take care of it for yoy
     
  3. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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  4. chicken singer

    chicken singer Out Of The Brooder

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    Im not interested in killing the fox, after all he is just doing what he needs to do. Trapping and relocating seems like the best option.
    Thanks!
     
  5. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will know food is there and most likely come back though
     
  6. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Best offense can be a great defense! We were losing almost a bird a day at one point, got a Pyranees guard dog and haven't lost a bird since. He's a total lover but can scare any predator we have around here just being here. Best investment we've made in flock security. Currently working on integrating goat into yard, he doesn't know dog will only play with him.

    Till then, id set traps and stay up watching with gun, I know he's only trying to eat and feed his young, but that's not a risk free instinct for him and he knows he's not at top of food chain, I am!
     
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  7. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have a 1/2 Pyrenees 1/4 Border Collie 1/4 Australian Shepard. She's kept everything away since I got her. I still set traps though, catch some coons and skunks.
    I'm thinking of buying a full blooded LGD now. If I can manage to spend $200 on one since the one I have now was free[​IMG]
     
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  8. carlf

    carlf Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Relocating the fox alive is most likely illegal and definitely irresponsible. You will just be giving your problem to someone else and/or into another foxes range. If you trap it, you kill it.

    A dog that stays outside with the chickens is the best defense against foxes, followed by a good fence.
    These are your two best options if you are unwilling to get rid of the fox.
     
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  9. I Love Layers

    I Love Layers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes relocating can cause a lot of stress, it can actually cause the animal to become very dis oriented due to the new area..
     
  10. kysilkies

    kysilkies Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I should have added that entire area encompassing coops has a fence, guard dog only cares about what gets thru that layer of defense and its actually his early warning system, all he needs is one sound and he's running for it barking head off! If you didn't know him, it would scare you, he's big and sounds mean!
     
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