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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.┬áThe 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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  • Make sure they are locked up safe before dark. Alpacas work well, so does a rifle!


  • All the time you have chickens and ducks I’m afraid your going to get foxes, all you can do is make sure they are put safely away and the foxes can’t get into their areas.
    I’m sure if you put a trap out and catch the fox another one will come along in a few days and your be back to square one.


  • Are you on enough land for alpaca`s? My Mum has 3 acres, she was having problems with foxes taking her hens, I suggested she buy 2 alpaca`s which she did, she has had no problems since, she`s had them for over 3 years now.


  • A rifle should do the trick!!! I would keep the chooks locked up at night though!


  • I dont know if lead posioning would work (shoot one and hang it up for all the other foxes to see)


  • I think it’ll be easiest to lock the chickens and ducks up at night in a wooden coop. Foxes are near impossible to deter and even if you trap one, another one won’t be far behind!


  • Good luck, they are very persistent and difficult to deter once they know prey is around.


  • I have to agree with electric fencing and secure coops if killing it is not an option you would be happy with.


  • goodluck with this, I would try and feed and trap it and then move it to another location


  • Thanks for all the suggestion, we have done all of the above minus catching it. So far the ducks and chooks are still safe in their fort knox! We have put extra rocks under the fence so it cant dig, 2 electric fences one on the ground one around the top. Vingar, pepper, i have been letting the dogs out near them, fingers crossed this keeps them safe! hope the electric shocks dont scare my 2 year old too much :-)


  • Its interesting to read these answers. It has given me so food for thought as to how to handle our fox issue


  • We had a fox around here for many years and we had chooks ducks dogs and cats and such but all we did when we feed the animals at night was put food out for it as well and it never touched a single animal but would eat with the cats. If they are feed regular they don’t seem to bother as they don’t need to when they get free food


  • This can often be one of the most frustrating things about owning chickens!


  • We use a lockable coop for our chickens & ducks. We let them out during the day but once dusk falls we lock them up.


  • how did you end up going?


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