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PostPosted: Wed Jun 08, 2005 3:04 pm 
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I am looking for any ideas from anyone on fox and feral cat proofing my new chook yards when I move. We have many foxes out on the river banks. I have 6 large pens. My chooks are my babies.


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loose netting that is dug deep into the ground . foxes don't like loose mesh .

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Yvonne,
A fence sounds like a good option. Here are some ideas that you might find useful:

* I have found that if you bury wire in the ground, it can rust in a few years, and is tiresome to dig trenches. I have a lot of old corrugated iron that I cut in half length ways, lay flat along the fence, join along edge with wire and put a few brick/rocks along the outside perimeter to hold it down. The corrugations sitting on the ground seem to last forever and stop the grass growing which also will contributing to rusting your new fence.

*I would recommend heavy duty 3-4ft rabbit wire on the bottom and thinner chicken wire above to be more cost effective. If foxes can't dig/get under the fence, their next option will be to climb. An electic fence would be worth looking at. If the top 1 foot of wire is bent outwards it will make scaling the fence harder.

* I recommend investing in a cage fox trap. You would be surpirsed the number of animals lurking, waiting for an oportunity to slaughter your poultry and other defenseless birds.

* Foxes/cats are natural prey for larger canines. Think about some large young active dog(s) housed near your chook pens.

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Great tips Andy !
I'll add one more. I am always careful when feeding scraps not to feed too much meat or cooked leftovers. Sometimes the smell of the scraps can attract foxes and cats as much as the chooks can.
Good Luck Yvonne - I hope your move goes well!
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tired from a fox kill . This year fox nil Tony one ( Cattle x malamute 5mths old , I think I got a good one )
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When building your chook shed, make the entrance where the chooks go in high off the ground about 1.5-2m. Then out a ladder or a series of perches up to the entrance so the chooks can fly up but foxes can't (don't know about cats though). It gives them protaction during the night without you having to shut the shed up. This idea was in a recent edition of Australiasian Poultry mag.
I've also heard that Llamas are good too :wink: .

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Be aware that Foxes can climb , but they dont like climbing loose wire :?:
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some sites that might help
http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/invasive/publications/fox/index.html
http://www.deh.gov.au/biodiversity/invasive/publications/fencing/assessment.html
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Can you get electric poultry netting in Australia and New Zealand?

A lot of people use it over here and it is very effective.

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www.allsun.com.au/Electranets.html

It comes in 50m lengths. I considered this for my geese but decided that given some of my neighbours, I could spend a lot of money and have it 'walk' the first night. But if it suits others situations, then I would say give it a go. I'm not strong and would prefer a lightweight, easily moved solution to permanent pens constructed with hard labour.

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I have used this netting for six years and never had any trouble. Foxes walk past, in the fields.

A lot of people use it in this country, and this is the first time that I have heard of this kind of problem. Provided the electricity is working, it is an excellent product in the UK.

What a shame about the 'neighbours'. :

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Yes it is a pity about the neighbours.

I try to be a 'good neighbour', keep the weeds down, reduce fire hazard, etc. but some people really resent me being here. I've had fences cut down, gates nearly pulled off hinges etc. I fear I could spend $600 on the poultry electric set-up and lose it quite quickly.

But my limited experience with hot wire is that it is very effective and very convenient in the right circumstances. I know it is more widely used for poultry o/s and I like to see innovation so would encourage others to consider it if possible.

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