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markjadams



Joined: 06 May 2006
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Location: South West Wales
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 09 8:52 pm    Post subject: Live catch trapping foxes  Reply with quote    

Hi,

Not sure if this is the right section so move if neccessary.

I have had a live catch trap for foxes for about 6 months to try and limit the fox numbers but all I have caught so far is a couple of stupid chickens.

I use dead chicken as bait but the fox eight ignores the trap, some times manages to remove the contents (tripping the door) but escapes or pulls bits of chicken off through the side of the cage.

I must be doing something wrong and would love to hear any advice to use the trap with more success.

The trap door is on the side and not in the end (if this makes any difference.

Mark.

Brownbear



Joined: 28 May 2007
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Location: South West
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 09 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Either the trap is poorly designed or you're putting the bait too close to the door.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 09 9:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i may need to have an interest in a fox trap how should they be designed ?

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 09 9:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Like this:


markjadams



Joined: 06 May 2006
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Location: South West Wales
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 09 9:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This is the trap I have:

http://www.solwayfeeders.com/productsdetail1.asp?STOCK_CODE=1318

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 09 9:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

that looks simple and efficient ,big rat trap thing ,i think i will add one to the chookmobile kit .
next question ,placement ?

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 09 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The bait should be on the far side of the treadle.

Though this one sounds trap-wise and you might just have to sit up all night with a rifle till you get the beggar.

markjadams



Joined: 06 May 2006
Posts: 109
Location: South West Wales
PostPosted: Tue Mar 10, 09 9:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

How and where should they be placed?

Mark.

Tavascarow



Joined: 06 Aug 2006
Posts: 8407
Location: South Cornwall
PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 09 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've not tried live traps but I've been told most of the manufactured ones are way to small & need to be double the size.
If it where me I would lamp & squeek the culprit & sell the trap on E-bay.

whitelegg1



Joined: 05 Apr 2005
Posts: 409
Location: Woodford Green
PostPosted: Wed Mar 11, 09 6:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do you tie the bait to the trap?

Pete

KILLITnGRILLIT



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 09 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Personally I would have used snares, cheap and therefore you can use many of them and increase the chance of a catch and quick dispatch of a fox.
Check all traps at dawn, dusk and just before bed.






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dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 12, 09 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

snares are not for me as there are a variety of other critters about
piglet in a noose isnt something i want to find (or my daft old wooly wolf )

Bodger



Joined: 23 May 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 09 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've done very well with fox traps in the past. I don't put the bait in the trap but dig a shallow pit and place a dead chicken in it before placing the trap actually over the bait.
If you have a problem with the fox trying to get at the bait without entering the trap then surround the three sides with sharp prickles such as gorse.
'Thick' inexperienced young foxes in Autumn are always easier to catch than older ones with some miles on the clock.

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 09 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It should be noted that it is unlawful to use fallen livestock, such as dead poultry, as fox-trap bait. This comes under disease prevention legislation. You could always slaughter one of your own fowl to use as bait, but that rather negates the chicken-protection purpose of trapping foxes in the first place.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 09 9:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

What about using some tinned dog food? Some smells quite strongly and people seem to use it to feed the critters round here.

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