chickens and foxes

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chickens and foxes

Post: #279348 JoseyJo
Sat May 31, 2014 10:39 am

I went out this morning to find that a fox had got both of our chickens :( One gone and the other dead.
We've had hens for 4 years and no problems until now, it got in by smashing a Perspex window which I think did have small hole in it so was obviously a weak spot. I feel bad for the chickens as I thought the run was secure so we didn't tend to close the pop hole.
We were wondering how long a fox is likely to come back looking for more. We were thinking of waiting a few months before getting more in the hope that it will have given up by then, or is that unlikely? We'll also make sure the Perspex windows are reinforced with mesh and do a general reinforcement of the run before we get any more. But how long to leave it?

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Re: chickens and foxes

Post: #279349 Marc
Sat May 31, 2014 12:07 pm

Make it secure, then get more whenever you're ready. - and shut the pophole at night!
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Re: chickens and foxes

Post: #279351 happyhippy
Sun Jun 01, 2014 6:56 am

Once foxes know where to go,they'll come back.I would not consider obtaining any new chickens unless you're 100% confident the foxes cannot penetrate the new house/run.

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Re: chickens and foxes

Post: #279367 JoseyJo
Mon Jun 02, 2014 10:45 am

Ok thanks, we'll reinforce the run and also close the pop hole at night once we get some more. We're going to wait a couple of months until after our holiday anyway. I know when/if we do get more I'll worry about them :? I must admit after having no trouble for 4 years I was lulled into thinking the foxes round here find enough in the fields and don't risk coming up to the houses as much as urban foxes might.

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Re: chickens and foxes

Post: #279390 bonniethomas06
Tue Jun 03, 2014 3:57 pm

That sounds unlucky JoseyJo, I have never heard of a fox smashing Perspex! It's happened to me before, it's a horrible feeling. The fox probably will come back, but then you don't know how long it was sniffing around before it got lucky with the Perspex - I would reinforce the run until it is a mini Alcatraz, and start again. Good luck!
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Post: #279414 doofaloofa
Sat Jun 07, 2014 2:49 pm

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just lost 5/7 goslings over the last few weeks

All poultry now on lock down, and I having to spend several days and several hundred €'s fencing in the field to allow the birds to graze and free range (not so 'free' though)

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Re: chickens and foxes

Post: #279610 Gert
Tue Jun 24, 2014 1:06 pm

We had one winter where the poor sod chewed his way through heavy duty plastic to get at the hens. I actually did feel sorry for him as he must have been pretty desperate.

For the UK folk it was that evil winter we had a few years back and it didn't get above -5 for a couple of months. ( I know this is a spring day in some parts of the world, but for us Brits that was a nasty one)


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