Beware the digging fox
QWe’ve had a fox dig into the chicken enclosure that we thought was safe from attack (we’d dug the netting into the ground facing out etc). How on earth have they got in and what can we do to prevent this happening again?
Stoddart says: I’m afraid this is an altogether too familiar problem for smallholders as, even if you haven’t suffered an attack for a few years, your local fox will most likely be passing your enclosure each night waiting for an opportunity break in. Also, with the wet winters (and at the time of writing, summers) that we are increasingly experiencing, even a properly dug in fence will come loose over time and enable a canny predator to make their way in. We’ve experienced this ourselves but have found a sure-fire, utterly fox-proof alternative. Using a pile of large field stones (that our farming neighbours had removed from their land and wanted rid of), we placed them around the inside and outside of the enclosure netting.
It looks nice and, short of a fox coming armed with a wheelbarrow and a few heavies to lift the stones, we now know our chickens are finally safe from this type of underground attack.
Heavy stones can deter foxes from digging