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How high can a fox jump?

Hi all,

I'm putting up a new hen run and don't have the option of putting a top on it.

How high do the sides need to be to keep a fox from jumping over them?

Thanks for the advice.

Crestin
Sunday, April 19th, 2020

They can climb anything lock in your hens at night or electric fence around the out side.

paddycrawford
Sunday, April 19th, 2020

Foxes will most likely try get in from under the wire so have a strand of tight plain wire on the bottom or even have it into the ground a bit. I have mine 5 foot perimeter but still but them in at night. Electric fence is the way to go if you have the means.

Adrian Kelly
Sunday, April 19th, 2020

And yes like Paddy said they can climb nearly anything so jumping isn't your problem. Having a good fence is a big deterrent but no fail safe.

Adrian Kelly
Sunday, April 19th, 2020

Thanks folks for the advice. I have found a way to put a roof on the run so will definitely keep out predators.

Crestin
Friday, April 24th, 2020

Very good, might keep them feckin crows out too. Are you thinking of leaving them out day and night now?

Adrian Kelly
Friday, April 24th, 2020

Wire gauge and mesh size is important, pine marten get in very small holes...."A marten can squeeze through a hole into which it can get its head. The skull width of an adult marten averages 58mm for males and 50mm for females. Thus we suggest ensuring a pen has no gaps greater than 45mm in its construction and that a mesh size of 31mm is used." That is from Vincent wildlife .ie

Some predators will eat a hole in low grade mesh wire...don't know if it was a fox or badger but i found a nice round hole big enough for a dog to go through in an early fence i used..

Good luck, Rj.

RjD
Saturday, May 2nd, 2020

If you're near water watch out for mink the b@#$yards kill for fun!!!!!

Nleach
Wednesday, May 6th, 2020


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