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Gertie



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 05 7:17 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I've seen foxes in the field next to our horse's paddock. Foxes do pass through our allotments but up to now haven't attempted to take any hens or damage anyone's plot (well, not that I know!)

This weekend we are starting on the enclosure for the hens, we're taking their security very seriously - someone has already recommended to me to take their dog onto our plot and let it 'mark' it.

At the end of the day anything is worth a shot ('scuse the pun), I'd give the dog clippings a go, the dog parlour will probably be happy that there is someone out there willing to take away their 'rubbish'!!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 05 7:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

At this time of year the hair will also be useful for any birds on the plots.

cab



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 10, 05 8:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

judyofthewoods wrote:
We have to accept that the territory of different species overlap and that we can't be the only ones to reap the benefits, but have to share, accept some losses. Other species have to suffer much grater losses at our hand than we do at theirs.


I can see that point. I could see it even more if people living in the nearby houses weren't feeding the foxes

gavin



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 05 7:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Foxes should keep the rabbits away - - a few losses to the foxes is nothing to what a family (?) of bunnies can do

If they are coming on to your plot, their runs should be fairly clear to see - and a good spray of (male only!) urine should dissuade them from using that run; worked for me, but if it hadn't, I'd have been tempted to use Renardine http://www.roebuck-eyot.co.uk/ - truly foul smelling stuff.

Either soak rags and hang them on sticks around your plot, or mix with sand - scroll down on this page http://www.nfws.org.uk/pro/problems.htm.

Good luck - Gavin

PS Excuse for a fine statuesque scarecrow?

judyofthewoods



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PostPosted: Mon Mar 21, 05 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

gavin wrote:
Foxes should keep the rabbits away - - a few losses to the foxes is nothing to what a family (?) of bunnies can do



Exactly, one wouldn't expect the Rentokill man to do his job for free. I believe the fox is more benificial than damaging. I have had free range chicken in the woods, and had no problems with the fox. Neighbour's dogs is another matter

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