Foxes can be tricky to deal with when you keep poultry. For a step by step guide on how to install a standalone fence to keep them at bay, see our PDF section below.
How to Install a Standalone Fox-Proof Fence
Fox proof chicken runs and pens
How can I make sure urban predators don’t get to my poultry?
Encircle the area you wish to protect with a welded steel mesh, and strengthen any joins or weak points in your fence to prevent them from forcing their way through.
What type of posts should I use?
Use metal posts instead of timber ones, as they’re more difficult for animals to climb on.
How can I prevent digging under the fence?
Secure the bottom of the fence to the soil with pegs. Line the ground around the fence with 30-60 cm welded mesh with a diameter of at least 2 mm, attach it to the bottom of the fence with cable ties and secure it to the ground with weights or pegs.
How do I prevent jumping over the fence?
Create an outward-facing overhang of 50 cm to discourage jumping. In smaller pens, a complete wire netting roof is also an option.
How tough and sturdy is this mesh?
Welded mesh with a wire diameter of 2 mm is designed to be tough to chew through and difficult to damage.
Can I use chicken wire instead?
If there aren’t any predators around, you can use standard chicken wire mesh to create pens and chicken runs. However, keep in mind that urban predators are able to chew through wire with a diameter of less than 2 mm, so we recommend fox proof fencing for added security.
Will this also stop my dog from getting to my poultry?
This mesh is strong enough to keep medium sized dogs away. However, for larger and stronger dogs, 3 mm+ wire diameter is recommended.