Multiple foxes..... VIDEO

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by tellynpeep, Mar 17, 2013.

  1. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's that time of year again.... I lost 3 birds to a fox a few weeks ago (the last were nearly a year ago, and I trapped that fox..). I have had my trail-cam set up on the coop since, and have seen the fox several times. This coop has a 6 foot welded-wire fence around it. The second coop (on the left) is protected by electric poultry netting. With all the snow we've had, the electric netting is not working. Plus the drifts are high enough that a predator could just walk over it. The birds in that coop (my Welsummers) have been locked inside for the last few weeks till I can get the fox issue sorted out.

    Today, I got videos of the fox coming 6 times in a two hour period. The rooster jumped up to the top of the fence and screamed at it, and it just ran around and tried to figure out how to get in the back side of the pen. Then I watched the final video in horror as TWO foxes join together to try to get inside the pen. Here's the video:



    What you can't see in this video is the hen inside the fence, completely un-bothered by the fox. I guess that comes of having a dog that is protective of the poultry, and they are not scared of her.

    Time to try to trap more foxes I guess.....
     
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  2. Krayfish57

    Krayfish57 Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow!
    I just lost all 3 of my chickens. I am not sure if a fox initially got them because what ever opened the coop must have had prehensile hands. There was no sign of disturbance but my neighbor saw the "biggest fox she ever saw" munching on parts of one chicken in her back yard. At first I thought someone (person) stole them right from my backyard until we found remains and my neighbor's statement. I am still in shock over this. [​IMG]They were my pets. I am not getting any more chickens until my husband builds me a larger, more secure coop. What can you tell me about electric poultry netting?
     
  3. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: It can be great, as I've seen it turn away dogs, foxes and coyotes.
    It is (relatively) inexpensive, easy to install, and can be moved around easily.
    The downsides are: 1: You can't put a top on it, so there is no protection from hawks and owls. 2:The birds can fly out if they want to unless you clip their wings. And 3: (my current problem) it doesn't do well with deep snow. We have nearly 2 feet of snow on the ground now (and more coming tomorrow) so the predators can pretty much just walk over it, at least until spring arrives.
     
  4. grandpaw roo

    grandpaw roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A good hay set will work on fox in the snow.
     
  5. Krayfish57

    Krayfish57 Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, at least I don't have to worry about the deep snow living in Florida. Many thanks for the reply!
     
  6. jester8484

    jester8484 Out Of The Brooder

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    i think i saw 3 foxes, that's a bit concerning., fences seems to be doing it's job though.
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    What is a 'hay set'?
     
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  8. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yikes! Where did you see a third?

    Yes, the big fence is doing its job. But the electric netting is not at this point. The fox (at least 1) was hanging around when I got home from work yesterday (hens were screaming at it; the rooster was hiding in the coop :-0 ). Another foot of snow today, sigh......
     
  9. grandpaw roo

    grandpaw roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They work on fox in snow .



    Learn HOW to set for fox.The old saying goes "Coons are easy to catch and hard to hold-----Foxes are hard to catch and easy to hold".Don't expect to just set a trap,throw it down and expect to catch.Trap prep is IMPORTANT along with types of sets!
     
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