Category Archive Pest Control

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Predators – Mink Control

Predators can be a constant worry for many small holders and poultry keepers. A single fox can ruin years of careful husbandry and breeding in a few minutes, and stoats think little of killing a broody hen as she sits on eggs. We all know the dangers posed by these two hunters, and with a little care and attention, we can keep them back with a combination of electric fences, traps and deterrents. However, an equally harmful predator lurks in the wings for many poultry keepers, and while mink numbers are reported to be falling, the danger remains a serious one.

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Electric fences for foxes

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 During July and August, foxes can be a real problem for poultry keepers. Adults start to distance themselves from their increasingly independent offspring, and family groups break up over the course of a few weeks. As they start to find their way in the world, young foxes often come into direct conflict with humans, and poultry keepers may find that their defences are really put to the test as summer begins to wind down.

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