I'm having problems with Vulpes

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Cyprus, Sep 13, 2018.

  1. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

    Vulpes, commonly referred to as foxes, have been causing me problems for a while now. You can read my original thread about my unwanted visitor here.
    Originally I was losing a chicken a week to them, but have since locked my girls in at night and have limited their free-ranging to a few short supervised hours in the afternoon after school or mornings during the weekend.
    For a long time, I didn't see Mr. Fox/Ms. Vixen. I knew they were still in the area because their long-abandoned den is on my neighbor's property. I don't know where they(or he/she) went but the fox(s) didn't reappear. This was a red fox that originally caused me issue.
    I checked with authorities in my area and am not permitted to set leg traps or kill traps where I live.
    Last night, a mature gray fox was in my front yard.
    My birds get locked up so I'm not too concerned about predator attacks; I just don't want them on my property, to begin with. Or, at least, not by my chickens.

    So what I'm looking for is advice from anyone who has successfully deterred a fox without the use of urine or something else equally uncivilized.
    I am allowed to shoot on sight but I have no interest in staking up all night to see if I can land a shot.

    Bear in mind that I have an elderly cat who goes outside every day and is not very bright. He eats everything, so poisoned food is out of the question.
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  2. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Absolutely nothing you can do but short times outside..I have a mesh fence that keeps my Birds close to the Coop and Run. Supervised free range. Electric poultry fence?..
    Got rid of the Fox I think and now coyotes moved in..:barnie
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  3. Trish1974

    Trish1974 Crowing

    Mar 16, 2016
    North Central IN
    My Coop
    Agree with chickens really. I don't think anything will permanently deter them except an electric fence. Some people have had luck with leaving a radio on (has to be on a "talk" station), but eventually that luck runs out. I'm sorry you are going through this. Foxes are the most frustrating predators in my opinion.
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Don't let them eat anything(lock up birds and maybe that cat too) and they'll likely move on.
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  5. roosterhavoc

    roosterhavoc Free Ranging

    Jan 5, 2012
    Who told you you can’t trap the fox on your own property? Check the DNR website. Under nuisance wildlife your allowed to trap foxes on your property outside of season and without a license. Can’t use a foothold greater than 8 inch jaw spread or smaller than 5.5 in.
  6. Animalfisherwoman

    Animalfisherwoman Chirping

    Aug 11, 2018
    Are you (or someone you hire) allowed to use a live trap for the fox?
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  7. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

    I can use a live trap. I live in an area with small children and dogs so that is why I was advised against using a leg trap.
  8. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma

    Definitely here it's illegal to trap without a permit or a trapping license. Guns not permitted either. The Fox den was destroyed so they left and the Coyotes moved in..:barnie...:th
  9. roosterhavoc

    roosterhavoc Free Ranging

    Jan 5, 2012
    You were advised against using a foothold trap but are allowed to shoot? Do you live in a neighborhood without firearm discharge ordinances?
    Foothold traps designed for fox are not dangerous to children or dogs. Your obviously receiving terrible advice. If you don’t know how to trap them your best bet is to find someone who does.
  10. cmom

    cmom Hilltop Farm

    Nov 18, 2007
    My Coop
    Good luck catching a fox in a live trap. It can be done but they are weary.
    I had a live bird in this trap secured so nothing could get it and the fox knew it but wouldn't go inside but tried to dig under the trap. I see a fox most every night on one of my game cameras. I did catch this one in leg traps eventually but an other moved in to take it's place.
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