How To Keep Foxes Away From Chickens (7 Ways to Protect Your Hens & Chicken Coop/Run From Foxes & Other Predators)

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How To Keep Foxes Away From Chickens (Protecting Your Hens & Chicken Coop)

The fox is an easy predator to protect against, even though they’re really smart and fast.

But a fox will patiently watch the chicken coop and yard until they have the opportunity for a quick attack.

You might not even see the attack, but all of a sudden you’ll notice that 1 to 2 of your chickens have mysteriously disappeared. So here’s how to prevent this from happening to your chickens.

How To Keep Foxes Out of Chicken Coop (Fox Proof Chicken Coop)

If your chickens are free-ranging, the fox will most likely attack only one chicken at a time. But, if a fox gets into the chicken coop, it will kill as many chickens as it can. So you definitely want the chicken coop well secured and locked at night.

Keep reading for a few tips on how to keep foxes from getting into the chicken coop.

1. Keep Your Chickens Safe from Predators with Hardware Cloth

I personally don’t use chicken wire to protect the chicken coop because foxes and other predators can easily tear through it. Chicken wire is more about keeping your chickens contained than keeping predators out.

I really recommend you replace any chicken wire with 1/4 inch hardware cloth (Amazon) because it really works to keep foxes and other predators out.

2. Stop Foxes With a Predator Apron

Foxes will find all the cracks, openings, and weak points in your chicken coop. They especially love to dig under the chicken coop to get to the chickens, so you definitely want to add a coop apron. It’s so simple and cheap to make!

If you don’t know what a predator apron is, definitely watch the video below (or keep reading).

DIY Predator Apron System for Chicken Coop & Run by Carolina Coops

What you need:

All you have to do is attach the fencing material to the bottom boards around the perimeter of the chicken coop with staples.

Make sure to pay close attention to the corners where you attach the fencing material together (the seam). For some reason, predators love to start digging in the corners. So make 100% sure that the seams are securely attached.

To keep the seam secure, I used hog rings and a hog ring plier (Amazon) to fasten the fencing material where it overlaps. There’s no way animals can rip the seam apart.

When an animal tries to dig underneath your chicken coop or run, they’re not going to dig at the outskirt of the apron. They’re going to be digging as close as they can to the base of the coop where they’ll immediately run into the apron. And, of course, they won’t be able to dig their way through the fencing material.

3. How To Deter Foxes From Chickens with Predator Guard

Placing deterrent lights (Amazon) around the chicken coop is one of the best ways to create a predator-free property. My favorite one is these lights called Predator Guard, which I got on Amazon.

Predator Guard flashes a pair of red lights that animals think is a set of eyes. It scares them and makes them stay away from your yard.

I attached four of these little devices around my chicken coop, facing out in all four directions. And I couldn’t be more pleased with them. It really works!

Predator Guard also scares deer, wolves, coyotes, raccoons, skunks, and bears.

4. How to Protect Your Chickens From Foxes With a Secure Fence

If your chickens free-range really far away from your home, make use of tall fencing with a predator apron. Foxes can climb, but they prefer to dig under fences.

Electric poultry fences (Amazon), in some cases, don’t seem to stop foxes very much. They’ll either slip between the lines or jump over it. They’ll also learn when the electric fence is on and if and when it’s ever turned off.

An electric fence might work for your chickens as an extra form of protection, but it’s too risky to only use this method.

5. How To Keep Foxes Out of Your Yard

Most predators are nervous about crossing a yard with little to no place to hide. So it’s a good idea to leave the area around your chicken coop free of bushes, trees, or anything foxes can hide behind or under.

Foxes are also less likely to try to dig under coops or try to break through a fence when they’re in an open space.

This is particularly important in the spring because attacks are more common when foxes need to feed their litter.

6. How to Protect Chickens from Foxes with Dogs

Because I live in a secluded area with many predators, my chickens only free-range when my dogs are with them during the day. Other than that, my chickens stay in their very large run or they’re locked up in their coop at night.

Dogs can be some of the best protectors against foxes. Even the scent of a dog is very frightening to most predators, so they will likely leave your chickens alone.

However, there’s a potential problem with having a guard dog. Some dogs are very playful. Some might want to chase the chickens around. By doing this, they can stress the chickens or accidentally kill them.

So, if you get a dog, be sure to supervise them at first. Make sure to correct your dog any time it seems to be disturbing your chickens.

If you’re thinking about getting a guard dog, keep in mind that dogs usually make better protectors if they were raised around chickens since they were puppies.

7. How To Keep Foxes Away From Free-Range Chickens During the Day

One of the best advice I can give you to keep your chickens safe from foxes and a whole variety of predators is:

Don’t let your flock out into an unsecured area too early in the morning.

If it’s too quiet in the area and no humans or dogs are around, it’s quite possible that a fox is patiently waiting for your chickens.

This is why having a really big chicken run is the best thing ever!

I love having my chickens get a taste of a little freedom by free-ranging them. However, if me or my husband aren’t around or the dogs aren’t outside, I make sure to keep my chickens in their extra-large run. This includes the entire day because I live in a secluded area with a whole bunch of wild animals, cayotes included.

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Summary: How To Keep Chickens Safe From Foxes

  • Fox proof your chicken coop by replacing any chicken wire with 1/4 inch hardware cloth (Amazon).
  • Foxes will find all the cracks, openings, and weak points in your chicken coop. They especially love to dig under the chicken coop to get to the chickens, so you definitely want to add a coop apron.
  • Placing deterrent lights (Amazon) around the chicken coop is one of the best ways to create a predator-free property.
  • If your chickens free-range really far away from your home, make use of tall fencing with a predator apron. Foxes can climb, but they prefer to dig under fences.
  • It’s a good idea to leave the area around your chicken coop free of bushes, trees, or anything foxes can hide behind or under.
  • Dogs can be some of the best protectors against foxes. Even the scent of a dog is very frightening to most predators, so they will likely leave your chickens alone.
  • Don’t let your flock out into an unsecured area too early in the morning. If it’s too quiet in the area and no humans or dogs are around, it’s quite possible that a fox is patiently waiting for your chickens.