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Woodburner

Fort Knox time

Is there a time of year that foxes don't have cubs to feed?
A couple of nights ago, fox got one of the smallest chicks. about 8pm, partly my fault. Next day, 6/7 of that group give us a scare by going seriously walkabout for the whole of the afternoon, so that's the last straw and their free range life is over. Just to make sure of it tho, the bdooly fox comes visiting and gets past a bodged repair to the middle sized ones coop, just before dawn. 3 chicks missing, one permanently, presumed eaten. That was not long before dawn, iirc.
Next day, it's musical coops and the two bigger lots are put in the big triangle coop, and the littlies go in the middle sized ones coop. First night in their new accommodation, we have to pick them up from under it and put them inside. That done, we do a head count of the adults. Son goes back indoors while I tidy up food bowls etc. While doing that I hear what is probably fox cubs having a squabble a few gardens down, then I head in too, only to see the bleeping fox snooping around the chicks coops!! Nothing more happened that night, but just before dawn today, there's a commotion from the chicks coops, so I'm out like a shot, yet again. This time there's a strip of feather edge hanging loose, and a bunch of feathers! I get stung to blazes chasing a commotion in the undergrowth, not realising it didn't actually get anything. I guess the triangle coop was suffering the ravages of time more than it showed. So, it's time for a new coop.
My biggest coops have a lot of good points, but plywood is unreliable quality, and a ridged roof is a bit of a pain to build, so I'm back to the drawing board. I'm thinking big this time, not so bothered about being movable, just fox proof and covered run, maybe incorporated.
Anyone got any favourite designs?
bodger

The best purchase I ever made was my mains energiser unit. Its given me peace of mind ever since. All my poultry pens and sheds are protected by it.
Woodburner

I've actually got two. The foxes I've been having this year think nothing of 3 ft fences (it was non leccy though), and walk through (or maybe jump over) my leccy wires. (7 strands on the standard posts.)
The mesh stuff as well as being super expensive, is hard to keep clear of the ground even when it's flat, and never has enough posts to deal with uneven ground.

Ok, thinking cap on now . . . I will probably reinstate the leccy fence and put barrier fence right beside it, to stop them walking through, but am still bothered that they will just jump over. (Which is why I haven't bothered doing it, yet.)These look interesting though. Anyone dealt with the company?
welshboy

On a shoot I used to belong to 2 strands of electric
wire around the pens kept foxes at bay. lowest was about 4 inches above ground (nose height)with the higher one being about 15 inches or so. this was outside of a netting wire enclosure 6 ft high.
darkbrowneggs

I had chicken mesh electric fencing.  Its a bit higher than normal and has smaller mesh at the bottom.  I got it connected to the mains electric and then used weed killer round the base of the fencing.  

To stop it sagging I put a couple of those plastic electric fencing posts in between each support and that worked fine.  

No foxes under or over for years, except one time when the cattle had knocked down one of the corner straining posts (I used a proper fencing stake at each corner with baler twine to hold the corners ) and then it was a vixen with a gun shot wound who must have been desperate, but actually died before she killed anything
sandrar

welshboy wrote:
On a shoot I used to belong to 2 strands of electric
wire around the pens kept foxes at bay. lowest was about 4 inches above ground (nose height)with the higher one being about 15 inches or so. this was outside of a netting wire enclosure 6 ft high.


Sounds very similar to our set up, after 2 devastating daytime attacks last year.

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