Your priority this month is to make sure the fencing surrounding your run/coop is in a good state of repair, because from now until early autumn Mr Fox is busy looking for his chicken supper. Cubs are also learning to hunt on their own right now and most likely to pay your chickens a visit early evening or at first light.
If your chickens are not kept in secure runs they are easy prey. Foxes are extremely intelligent and determined opportunists, so to prevent them from taking your flock you need to outsmart the cunning chap. Here’s our quick guide…
Your birds need to be securely locked inside a coop at night to prevent a fox attack. We stock a comprehensive range of self-enclosed coops to keep your birds safe. We recommend placing the coop on hard ground (so a lawn as opposed to soft mud) as this will make it virtually impossible for the fox to gain access.
Electric fencing is the best method to protect your birds if they are free ranging in a field. We stock the full range of Rutland Electric Fencing. The electric fencing kits have everything you need and are available in 25m and 50m kits. Alternatively, you can have an energiser and wires, and section off a larger area – we can advise you on suitable systems.
If you spot a Fox Hole on your property, you can block it, but make sure that you’re not burying one alive. To poison or trap a fox is illegal.
IF YOU NEED HELP PROTECTING YOUR FLOCK FROM FOXES (AND EVEN BADGERS), please TALK TO ONE OF POULTRY TEAM.
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