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You might not be able to do much to stop animals accessing your garden, but there are steps that you can take to understand when there has been fox activity in the night.

Understanding when predators have been nearby can help you to keep your chooks safe - extra precautions may need to be taken, such as moving your Eglu

  1. Scared chooks – chooks that have been visited in the night may not be their usual selves. They also may stop laying after such a fright. Keep a close eye on your chooks' behaviour.

  2. Scratches or burrows around the run – foxes may have attempted to dig their way into your chooks' run. This may also be indicative of other animal activity, such as mice and rats. If you notice a burrow developing around the run, move it to a new position, in case access is gained during another digging session in the night.

  3. Scratches on your lawn – foxes eat insects, too, so there may be scratches all over your lawn if a fox has visited during the night.

Have a look at our Tactics and Protecting Chickens From Predators pages for more information.

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Unknown, 25 March 2021

foxes DO just kill for hunger's sake! the reason they leave loads of dead chickens around is because they get spooked before they can collect their bodies to cache them


Opcdance, 19 April 2014

Strom! Wir haben unseren Hühnergarten (ca. 900 m²) eingestromt. Funktioniert prächtig.


Isobel, 2 April 2012

Foxes won't come if they sense human activity - apart from that one last week that calmly walked past my husband me as we dug our vegetable patch in our field heading straight for my eglus!