Weekly Roundup – Outfoxing Foxes
18 July 2011 5 Comments
- Swampy Acres Farm had trouble with foxes taking Australorps about a year ago. He has a good page on chicken predators, and also a good description of his fencing. I really like his chicken feeder, too.
- Outback Tania has a good article about what they did to fox-proof their chook pens. This is pretty much the same as what I’m planning to do, so it’s good to hear it’s been successful.
- Lots of info from the UK on deterring foxes. They have some good info and diagrams on building fox-proof fences around poultry pens, using electric wires, chemical repellents, and the interesting-sounding “taste aversion” – leaving them samples of the types of poultry you keep, laced with very hot spices or vomit-enducing chemicals, so they associate your particular species with being sick and avoid them in future.
- Milkwood’s new gravity-fed chicken house is a nice design, although to copy it I’d have to use heavier wire, sink the perimeter iron sheets deeper, and net over the top (they’re in a very different area to me, with different pests and predators). I’m particularly interested in how they built the corner poles for the chook run, leaning out and placed under tension. I’ve never seen that before!
- I discovered the FeralScan web site via the ABC rural radio Bush Telegraph podcast. It’s all about “crowdsourcing” the mapping and monitoring of various rural pests. In particular, they have FoxScan and MynaScan – two of the pests that I’m most concerned about. There’s also CamelScan, but I don’t get too many of them in my garden! The various sites have a lot of good information about the pests, what damage they cause, and how you can help control them.
Please leave suggestions below for further reading, especially on chicken pens and protecting poultry from predators!