Killing Foxes Won’t Save Chickens

Killing a fox to protect your chickens is not only ineffective— it often makes matters worse. Foxes are territorial and will exist in any suitable habitat. When you kill a big, mature, chicken-eating fox, his territory will almost immediately be filled by two or three younger foxes. Even if you kill them too— even if you somehow kill every fox in North America— that won’t stop coyotes, raccoons, skunks, cats, dogs, and hawks from taking your chickens.

The *only* effective solution to wildlife predation is to properly secure enclosures and use humane techniques to dissuade predators. This includes securing coops and runs, top to bottom, with hardware cloth or chicken wire, installing motion-activated lights, and sometimes using weak electric fencing. I know this can be expensive, which is why I’m willing to help. If you live in Hamilton County and need help protecting small livestock, call or text (423) 475-2691 and I’ll do my best to help you get the materials you need.

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