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Nick



Joined: 02 Nov 2004
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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 10 11:05 pm    Post subject: Getting rid of foxes. Reply with quote
    

We have a fox. He comes in every night, around 2am, and tries to eat the chickens. Their cage is too tough, he can't, but the girls get angsty, the dogs go mental, and we don't sleep.

Anything I can do to encourage him to fox off?

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 28, 10 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    




Works for me.

madcat



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 10 10:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Agree with Brownbear,death is the permanent cure for cheeky vermin.

woodsprite



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 10 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Absolutely! You know when he's about too, distinct advantage. Local gamekeeper should help.

chicken feed



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 10 10:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

fox trap and then shoot him

mochyn



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 10 10:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Wot they said.

T.G



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 10 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

we found peeing (OH and the danes) around the chicken pen stops the blighter coming too close, doesn't stop him coming onto the land, just its stopped the nightly raids we were having

failing that a bullet is probably the best option

Penny Outskirts



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 10 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Small electric fence just around the house, if you kill one, they'll be another along sooner or later...

Nick



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 10 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Penny wrote:
Small electric fence just around the house, if you kill one, they'll be another along sooner or later...


This is actually my thought.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 10 11:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Nick wrote:
Penny wrote:
Small electric fence just around the house, if you kill one, they'll be another along sooner or later...


This is actually my thought.


I've used an electric fence around my veg garden and hen house and it stopped the foxes using the protected bit. It didn't stop them using the rest of the garden though.

chicken feed



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 10 12:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

as the grange says pee but as the old poultry books say must be male pee

or another old method is human hair hung in stockings around the perimeter of your chicken pens

otatop



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 10 2:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

How about getting together with some friends with horses and dogs? Ooops!

Nick



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 10 2:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

otatop wrote:
How about getting together with some friends with horses and dogs? Ooops!


No, I object to that, because I was born in a small town and not a barn.

Andy B



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 10 3:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

It will have an entry point onto your land, they like trails, so take the same routes over and over. Find it and leave a pile of dog shit, the smell puts them off. But it might make a fresh trail, so .....
By the way, although i live in a town we have lots of foxes and this method worked for me and we dont get to shoot them.

Nick



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Location: Hereford
PostPosted: Mon Mar 29, 10 3:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

We're surrounded on four sides by fields. Can't see it helping much, I'm afraid. I'll dig out the fencing tomorrow.

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