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  • It discovered one location where the nails holding the wire to the fence were further apart, pushed its way down vertically, deforming the chicken wire.

    Decades ago, in another lifetime, we raised chickens... and had similar issues.

    We ended up building the frame, then applying the chicken wire... then applying another round of lumber on top of the chicken wire and the frame.

    The chicken wire gets sandwiched between two boards all the way around, completely eleminating the possibility to deform it.

    Make sure yo
  • Presuming you stay in a defensive posture, it seems the odds would be on you losing occasionally. The alternative response is to go on the attack and hunt down the fox. Why should the fox be the one to dictate terms? :)
    • Why should the fox be the one to dictate terms?

      Simple, council regulations. Shooting foxes is simply not allowed in suburbia, and with good reason. The chances of hitting a quickly moving fox, at night, in a built-up area, is virtually nil. The chances of hitting property, or worse still a person, is greater than nil.

      Fox poison comes with significant regulatory burdens in the country, including signage, limit to the length that bait can be left, informing of neighbours, and distance to other pro

  • In Norway, there is an old fable about the Tomten, a small creature, a type of nisse, that guards the farm at night when the hungry fox (often called Reynard), comes around looking for something to eat.

    He doesnt fight or scare the fox, he makes a deal with it - if the fox promises to not eat any chickens, the Tomten will make a bowl of warm porridge for him when he's hungry.

    I still have the book I was given, when I was born in 1964, with this story. Its one of my most precious possessions.

    The moral - put so