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bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:56 am    Post subject: We have some action.  Reply with quote

Most of you will know from the trail cam thread  that I've had a fox visiting and that following on from me getting my fox pictures, I've set my fox trap this last couple of nights.
I've baited it up with a frozen Maran chicken but due to high winds and terrific hail storms, I'm not ashamed to say that  I didn't venture out to set it last night but this morning? You can plainly see where the fox has attempted to dig under the trap to get at the bait.
The trap will definitely be set tonight and the area where he's been digging will have some nice prickly gorse guarding it, so that hopefully he'll have to go into the trap. Watch this space.
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Dave C



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Location: Last seen wondering the Teesdale Fells

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote



Good luck mate
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12Bore



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Location: Paddling in the Mersey

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for it!
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bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I can get him, he's a pretty 'biggun'

We were pretty lucky last night. One of the ducks didn't get put away last night and this morning she was quacking at the duck shed door waiting to be let in. It was very close last night to being too late for that. The middle orchard just 50 or 60 yards away absolutely stunk of fox.
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hughesy



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Location: Anglesey

PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've found fox tracks around our place this morning. Strangely they haven't been around the poultry houses but they're fresh this morning.
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bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

You hear about new born piglets being taken by foxes from free range piggeries, have you ever had any problems of this nature?
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hughesy



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 11:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, never. We've not lost many chickens to be honest. I know the foxes are about but they haven't been too much of a problem so far.
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bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I may very well have the fox in the morning.

Here's the old fox trap set out in the fields.









Last night, the stinky old bait definitely got its attention. It was pretty windy here last night and even though the wind had managed to set the trap off, the fox still managed to skin the manky old chicken and drag it to the corner from outside the trap.









He'd dug underneath the trap to get at the bait.









So the first thing that I did was to move the chicken back to where it had started from and then block the tunnel with some nice prickly gorse.














I've set my trail cam so that I can see what happens tonight.









and also reset the fox trap.













The trap and the trail cam in situ.









Depending upon if you're on my side or the foxes, its fingers crossed for tonight.




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12Bore



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Best of luck
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sandrar



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Location: Devon

PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looking forward to the next set of photos.
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bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say there's a 100% chance of getting some pictures but I can't guarantee catching the fox.
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hopefullbry



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any soil on the trap floor Mr B ?  bit of soil to cover the mesh and maybe a bit of that dead fern , also chuck bit of that fern over the bait  

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 7:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Dave C



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good luck mate  
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bodger



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fox one.     Bodger nil.

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