Building a fox proof poultry pen

In areas where invasive species are abundant, the best way to protect poultry is to contain them in a secure area. Exclusion fencing or a fox-proof poultry pen is also considered the most humane technique to control foxes. Ensure poultry are secured during the night when foxes are most active.

Fox-proof pen features

A fox-proof poultry pen must have the following design features:

  • fully-enclosed chicken house with a fox-proof door, roof and floor netting roof
  • no gaps, especially around the base, door and roof as foxes are very adept in scaling fences even when they are electrified
  • a curved overhang, which prevents foxes from jumping or climbing over the fence
  • use 10 millimetre budgie or mouse wire and bury the wire netting at least 450 millimetres below the ground as foxes are also excellent diggers
  • an apron of netting angled outwards for 500 millimetres at the base of the fence will deter foxes from digging under the fence
  • a 600 millimetre strip of tin sheeting or opaque shade cloth can be placed around the bottom of the wire fencing will prevent wild dogs or foxes from seeing the poultry

Fox-proof poultry fence and pen

You can download the following document which has the recommended measurements and dimensions for building your fox-proof poultry fence.

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25 August 2016