Day 142 – The ‘not so’ Fantastic Mr Fox…… and how to fortify the Chicken Coop
Can you believe it? On a quick check of the Chicken Coop this morning, before heading out for the swim meet, we discovered one mauled chicken, a hole under the gate, and no sign of the other two. Disappeared without trace. This is the city centre, enclosed and not that green, but we obviously have a local fox, or a feral cat. Whichever way, that was the end of our egg dream for this week, and further investigation and fortification is needed before heading out to purchase the second band of chickens. I feel very sad, as they were hiding our in their box last night due to all the noise, only to meet a gruesome death in the mouth of some mean Mr Fox. I am tempted to stay up all night with a shotgun awaiting his return, but from my memory of the book, the 3 farmers sit there forever……..
I’ve opted for a quick google search from the comfort of my kitchen as a safer and easier option!
How to fox proof your chicken coop. – suggestions here include a mesh base (but wide enough that your chickens can still scratch the soil), digging mesh below the surface (to 50/60 cm) or using concrete sleepers around the edge to make digging very difficult. We are likely to go for the sleeper option as we have spare bluestone slabs in our garden. It’s interesting that supposedly 1.8m walls in a garden should keep foxes out. Not so here, ours are 2m high!
Wildlifeonline – Red Fox Deterrence. – A lot of information on this site, including electric fencing, but I think shutting up the kitchens in their sleeping area is one to take on board.
- To do in Austin, TX: “Third Annual Funky Chicken Coop Tour” (boingboing.net)