Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

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Re: Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

Postby Scrivet » Fri Mar 22, 2013 9:55 pm

Poor little "Bait" is going to need a lot of therapy after this is over. :D :lol:

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Re: Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

Postby Bill Hudson » Fri Mar 22, 2013 10:27 pm

Scrivet wrote:Poor little "Bait" is going to need a lot of therapy after this is over. :D :lol:


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Re: Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

Postby CPIII » Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:39 am

Well set the trap again last night....not sure what I am doing wrong...changed the camouflage on the trap and made sure to spray scent kill on everything.

New Camo.....
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Re: Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

Postby CPIII » Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:02 am

I got my chicken door working ....using parts I collected over the years....a unidirectional valve actuator and a Moeller easy relay to control it based on time of day.

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Re: Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

Postby Rudi » Mon Mar 25, 2013 10:08 pm

Charles:

I like how that door works.. pretty slick :D

You gotta remember though that the old saying swift like a Fox doesn't just relate to speed. Them critters ain't too stoopid either. Catching one is going to be an Elmer Fudd - Bugs Bunny affair methinks :lol:
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Re: Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

Postby Dale Finch » Tue Mar 26, 2013 6:19 pm

I have the perfect solution for you!

I know this fox who hires out as a "hit fox". He will come to your coop and wait......and wait.......

All he asks is that you let him bag a few bunnies for dinner. He is very effective!






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HOWEVER, there is one problem with him....he is sweet on chickens. I mean, he is REALLY sweet on them. Don't let any eggs hatch while he is around!!


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Re: Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

Postby CPIII » Wed Mar 27, 2013 6:51 am

That is hilarious.....Thanks for the reply! Well this weekend I am going to add a call to see if I can lure him in....I was messing around with several different calls......I got to the hurt pup call and my dog about knocked me over trying to get to it. So things look promising. Will update you guys next Monday or so...

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Re: Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

Postby CPIII » Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:21 am

Well the hunt has cooled off a bit..time to re-group. I think the fox has a taste for ducks and doesn't seem to like chicken. So next plan is to get more ducks and use them as bait when they get a bit older.

I never thought it would be easy.......so on we go.
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Re: Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

Postby CPIII » Tue Apr 23, 2013 8:15 am

Well yesterday was the first clean out day. So I was hoping that my rear door idea would work out....and it worked just as designed....took me about 10 minutes to clean it out and another 10 to get the new wood shavings in...

I built the back panel with 4 latches so that I can remove the whole back panel and scrape out the old wood shavings.
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Re: Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

Postby CPIII » Tue Jul 09, 2013 1:01 pm

Haven't had any issues with the fox ....so guess I will leave him alone if he leaves my chickens alone. I thought I would post a picture of our first egg that we picked last Friday.
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Hopefully we get many more and the fox leaves us alone.
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Re: Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

Postby Stanton » Tue Jul 09, 2013 2:47 pm

CPIII wrote:Haven't had any issues with the fox ....so guess I will leave him alone if he leaves my chickens alone. I thought I would post a picture of our first egg that we picked last Friday.
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Hopefully we get many more and the fox leaves us alone.


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Re: Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

Postby Rudi » Tue Jul 09, 2013 8:51 pm

Charles:

As you get used to those fresh eggs you will never be able to go back to store bought eggs and enjoy breakfast again :!: We had our chickens for 4 or 5 years until I got too ill to clean the coop anymore. I haven't really enjoyed eggs since. Fresh is best and the freshest are the ones you collect before breakfast :{_}: :!:
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Re: Back Yard Chicken\Duck Coop - Turned Fox Hunt!

Postby CPIII » Fri Jul 12, 2013 8:57 am

Stanton,
Hopefully I don't have to worry about snakes ....but I always keep an eye out for them!

Rudi,
It has been a long time since I had fresh eggs. When I lived at home is was one of my chores before going to school every morning along with milking the cow. It seemed like work back then but I really miss it now.

I wanted to share a video my wife posted of our rooster. He has definitely found his voice over the last couple of weeks. He shows off ALL DAY LONG!
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