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Fox took one hen and left two dead
Thu 22-Apr-10
9:56 am
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Yorky
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This happened the early hours of this morning. It attempted to burrow underneath the fence in one place, couldn't manage it there so tried elsewhere...successfully.

The first I knew was when I saw one lying dead in the pen and then discovered another. The remaining three appear to be unharmed.

Does anyone know what to do about this? I've head hens for over 18 months and have never shut them in the coop so far - just allowed them to go in to roost and then come out at first light.

For a start I'm going to have to shut the coop at night  but I'd prefer to catch the fox and release it elsewhere.

I've made enquiries locally and can't get a fox trap and, even if I was so inclined, shooting isn't an option as it's a residential area.

I intend to put some wire at the bottom of the fence and would appreciate some advice on how to do this.

Or how about an electric fence?

Thu 22-Apr-10
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JoannaS
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Sorry to hear about your loss Big_Hug. I always used to shut my hens up at night and they lasted for quite a few years in a rural area and I am sure that foxes tried to dig in from time to time. My advantage or disadvantage as the case maybe was that nieghbours tended to let their hounds roam around the gardens, nice for keeping away foxes but not for much elseSteam. Our hens were also in a caged run, I am trying to work out if yours were or your talking about the garden fence? I was wondering if for our next batch of hens to make a cage with wire that sticks out about six inches away on the floor to stop the fox digging down there. At least I am assuming that if they are fastened into a coop each night the foxes won't get in and there is enough human activity around to frighten foxes away during the day so that might not be necessary.

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Sat 1-May-10
11:33 pm
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Hello, Yorky, and welcome to the forum. Sorry I did not see your post until now.

Foxes are the very devil to keep away. As Joanna said, dogs who are free to roam your grounds are probably the best incentive.

We put up a chicken coop eight years ago. We did bury the perimeter fence wire about 4 to 6 inches into the ground. I have no idea whether or not that depth is enough to keep out foxes but it is definitely good for rats – they come up in the middle of the run, though.

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