Keeping out a fox

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by jdgbirds31, Jan 7, 2015.

  1. jdgbirds31

    jdgbirds31 Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a coop that sits on a 4x10' run... It's is very secure but I want to build a larger fenced area around it to give them some more space during the day. Our main daytime predator is a fox... What's the best way to keep him out? We were free-ranging and a fox (or 2) got 4 in one day.
     
  2. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have found electrified poultry net, to be VERY effective against the fox. I have my coop surrounded with 650' of it, and have not had a loss going on 4yrs.

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  3. jdgbirds31

    jdgbirds31 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice and for the pic! That would be perfect for us.
     
  4. jdgbirds31

    jdgbirds31 Out Of The Brooder

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    Btw - what happens if a person touched it? I have three boys 5 and under.
     
  5. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been bit by the fence a couple of times, and it WILL jolt the heck out of you. It won't burn you, but it will jolt you. With kids, you would really have to impress on them not to touch the fence. But young kids, will forget and probably get zapped at some point by the fence. While there won't be any kind of permanent damage, it will hurt. But, they probably would not touch the fence again. If it was me, I would turn the fence off when the kids are out there, until they are older.
     
  6. WYNot

    WYNot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Jack,

    Do you leave the electrified poultry net up year round or only Spring through Fall?

     
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  7. chickengeorgeto

    chickengeorgeto Overrun With Chickens

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    When you have deep a deep snow fall the netting fences prove to be a problem. But a conventional farm of livestock type electric fence can have the lower wires disconnected from the charger if snow gets high enough to ground them. Making a single wire (5 or 6 single wires) electric fence effective at any time of the year. It is also cheaper to install and can be moved or relocated easier.


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  8. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I leave my fence up year round. I have cleared away powder type snow, from the fence with a broom. Now, if I get some heavy wet snow, I usually just unplug the fence until I can get it cleared. That has not been a problem, because I believe the resident predator population respects the fence, and won't even try it when it's off(Not that they know it's off anyway). Also, if I get a lot of snow, the chickens won't even come out, unless I clear an are for them. Spoiled they are.
     
  9. WYNot

    WYNot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the extra info. Might have to put a line in the budget for some fencing and a charger.

    Can definitely relate to the spoiled hens. Ours are the same way; they flat out refuse to set foot in the white stuff. They stick their heads out the pop door and if there is snow on the ground they'll turn right around and stay in the coop.
     
  10. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah, here you go. That's as far as she'll go.

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