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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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  • I wouldn’t suggest trapping or killing it. ;( The only way is really secure lock ups at night.


  • I would just try securing your poultry well, trap it have it removed there are always going through be around but perhaps this one is more cunning!


  • there are some good comments here


  • Alpacas bullshit , seen the mother and pups playing in a paddock with an alpaca in the same paddock., feeding foxes far from your property more crap , your helping them to raise their cubs. Unless you have electrified fences or lock your poultry up at night your always going to have a problem. even if you trap them other foxes will move into the territory. I know this from 50 years of rural living!!!!


  • let me know what you ended up using


  • I am from Sweden and we have plenty of foxes. I have heard that if a male pees around the property the fox would not go near but I have not tried it myself. What has worked for us is cayenne pepper. They will not cross a line of cayenne pepper so just sprinkle it around your property!


  • An old friend and Scottsman told me once, to have your husband pee on each corner fence post or around the property boundaries. I was a little shocked when he told me and thought..yuck! But he assured me that a fox will not step foot into a dominant males territory. So we did as he said and had no problems since.


  • could you set up a sensor light ? that turns on when something walk by


  • I don’t believe in killing animals even foxes who are considered vermin by many people. They are beautiful living creatures & it’s not their fault that they were introduced to Australia. They also need to survive. I wonder if you could feed them some cheap scraps a reasonable distance from your property & thus encourage/deter them from coming for your chickens. Another solution might be to buy a pair of alpacas if you have space. My sister-in-law lives on a rural property & apparently the foxes stay away if you have alpacas & it has certainly worked for them. They have had the alpacas for a few years now & have not had any more fox problems. They also sell the alpacas wool once a year so they earn their keep!


  • I wouldnt be too happy about killing it :(

    I wonder if you could talk to your local vet and if perhaps things that work with dogs would work for foxes


  • You could possibly hire a trap from the DPI or a local farmer? And either relocate it (far away) or have it put down, not too sure really we have dingoes, feral pigs and snakes that try and eat out chooks but no foxes. If your flock is secure it may just lose interest eventually.


  • oh no… sounds horrble. Unfortunately I am a complete blank with this problem. so sorry


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