In light of my neighbor feeding every slithering, flying, crawling or on 4 legged critter in our neighborhood, were rural, I had to reinforce our chicken coop fence today. This is what it looks like so far, minus the larger blue tarp, we are putting a roof on the inner chicken coop yard and redid a few of the rounds:
The fencing is heavy horse fencing, about 5ft tall, with rounds reinforced in concrete. Yesterday, while going out to feed a half hour early, was a fox attempting to grab and jerk one of my hens through the fence. In the haste of the other hens to get away, two of my pullets flew over the fence, which the fox then turned its attention on them. I bolted through the fence, screaming and yelling, as well as clapping my hands at the danged thing...one of the few times I didn't have a pistol with me. It stopped, turned and watched me run toward it till I was about 10ft from it, turned and trotted off. My son heard me and went after it, but it had circled around and came through another area!! Got another stick thrown at it!
Today my husband and I put up more wire, so now the fence is a good 6 1/2ft tall!! Everything is re-enforced, the bottom of the wire is wired to the top of this fence, so there is no gaps, like this:
I did call Wildlife, Fish and Game to ask if they could possibly talk to this neighbor. Unfortunately, while they don't care for people to feed the wildlife, if it is on her property, she can do what she wants. It has to be a "threat" to human's before they would consider doing anything at all. I have had a coyote last week come at me out of the dark when I did our last feeding of hay for our horses, now problems with foxes...they did tell me that in VA, foxes can be shot or trapped and euthanized, as long as it is on my my property, which it is. Same with coyote's as both are considered nuisance animals and several have had horrible mange.
It amazes me WHY people must feed the animals!! She will be in for a rude awakening come deer season as we gave a good friend of ours rights to hunt our 40 acres that goes around her property and she feeds the deer sweet feed. I have warned her on several occasions that we will let someone come hunt, she said I wouldn't dare...well, for fresh deer steaks, culling of the herd, my land...yes I would.
Anyone else have this problem with a neighbor??? The first photo, that was when we were building the chicken coop and the chickens were contained in a small quickly put up yard....those white stakes are no longer there.