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We have a fox trying to get our beautiful chickens and ducks. We have secure fences, an electric fence, dogs etc but the fox is just hanging around looking for his chance. After a few google searches I have found that some people recommended Vinegar, others “Get the boys to pee outside” so there is a human scent. The council recommend I trap it and kill it in a humane way? I guess I could buy a trap but I would have no idea what to do if I caught him. Does anyone know of any ways to deter foxes? Thanks.


Posted anonymously, 25th March 2014


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  • Pretty much all you can do is to keep checking your fences, ensuring they are secure. And I would try the options of vinegar and human urine, anything is worth trying as a deterrent. Or maybe you could feed it, then it wouldn’t be interested in your chooks, it would encourage it to return. But it seems to be doing that anyway. I wouldn’t be comfortable with the catch and kill though. Nor the poison option. I wouldn’t be happy to kill it in any fashion


  • I think your question is quite unique and interesting, but unfortunately I don’t have any recommendations.


  • unfortunately they are a Wiley introduced pest and incredibly relentless in getting what they want… Most of my friends shoot them – perhaps city people would be shocked with this… You really have to go down about a metre and make your chook pen like Changi Prison – also good quality lid, as they bite or scratch through the cheap stuff


  • unfortunately they are a Wiley introduced best and incredibly relentless in getting what they want… Most of my friends shoot them – perhaps city people would be shocked with this… You really have to go down about a metre and make your chook pen like Changi Prison – also good quality lid, as they bite or scratch through the cheap stuff


  • there are some great ideas here…thanks


  • Have you tried a fox light? Google it they are about $90 and I’ve been told they really do work. It is preferable to catch and kill because they will just continue to kill elsewhere.


  • Hope you managed to find a way to deter those foxes, wanted to know if you decided on using a baiting program?


  • So how did you end up going?


  • I detest foxes. They are a damn nuisance, killed all of our neighbours chickens and when I go for one of my long, long walks there is often one that stalks me up part of the road – the sound they make when they get going is blood curdling.

    Some councils have baiting programs, you would need to contact yours.


  • did you have any success


  • A friend had possum problems and got one of the ultra sonic devices – maybe they make one that will deter foxes too


  • sorry I have no idea, I guess if there is food for them to take, then they will keep coming back


  • Although the advice on this page is U.K. based, there are some good ideas that may help you. A friend of mine who lives in the country had some success with ultrasonic deterrent devices.

    http://www.foxproject.org.uk/deterrence/


  • I am amazed to hear that alpacas act as fox deterrents – wow! I will have to make this suggestion to my friend who has had problems keeping chickens before of foxes.


  • Are you on a property? I’ve recently read that alpacas deter foxes. A bit extreme perhaps, but if you have the room could be a great solution.


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