Fox in the hen house? Whenever you think about predators of chickens, foxes have to be at the top of the list. As long as people have kept hens in enclosures, crafty Mr. Fox has been trying to get them. How do you know if you have a fox problem? Well, unlike other chicken predators, the fox tends to only leave behind feathers. The fox hunts 2 hours after sunset and 2 hours before sunrise. They are usually more active in the Spring when they are trying to get food for their litters. But, they will attack throughout the year. They tend to kill more than they can eat but unlike the weasel, they don’t waste the food. They store it away in caches for a later meal. They are able to dig below and climb above which make them an even more formidable foe. Usually, a fox will take as many hens as it can carry off.
So, what is to be done? Well, as with so many other predatory threats, it is crucial to make sure that your coop is secured. No holes, no possible access points from above or below. Once the coop is secure, the final measure of protection is a natural deterrent such as wolf urine. Wolf urine? Really? Yes, the fox is genetically programmed to fear the wolf. There do not have to be wolves in the area and the fox never has to have been exposed to a wolf to exhibit the fear response.
So, confirm fox threat, secure the coop, create a perimeter with wolf urine and rest easy.
Until I find more words. . .The PeeMan
Greetings from the north country!
If you raise chickens, I don’t have to tell you how damaging having a fox nearby can be. A single fox can take multiple chickens if allowed. Not only that, just having a fox nearby can mess with egg production. “. . . the mere presence of a predator lurking around your run area can stress the hens to the point that they stop laying. . . Other larger predators, such as foxes, opossums and skunks, will try and enter your coop as well if you don’t have it securely locked at night.” (20 Possible Causes for a Decrease in Egg Production by Lisa Steele)
The answer to this threat is 100% pure Wolf urine liquid and granules from Predator Pee. Nothing is more feared in the wild than the wolf. When you must repel predators like coyotes or foxes, only Wolf Urine will stop them in their tracks. When they think a wolf is around, coyotes, cats, foxes, elk, beavers, bear, mule deer, moose and other larger animals will want to go away quickly. Don’t wait! Protect your chickens! Don’t accept a substitute for 100% Predator Pee.
On a more personal note, I have purchased new foam mattresses for the Airstream, and I will be working with my daughter to reupholster them soon. The interior walls are also almost ready for painting. Gotta get this thing ready so the wife and I can go camping this summer in the beautiful Maine wilderness with the grandkids. Airstream pictures will be up soon once I figure out how to get them out of my confounded email. An old dog, ya know. Have a good one! Send some warmth up my way.