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touchwood



Joined: 12 Jul 2009
Posts: 116
Location: Carmarthenshire
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 10 6:57 am    Post subject: Fox trap  Reply with quote    

In the space of 1 hour yesterday evening a fox managed to get in and despatch all our table birds (14) so my live and let live philosphy has just gone out the window and I'm gunning for it before it has the rest of the birds and the rabbits.

Can anyone recommend a good trap (there seem to be so many to choose from) and offer any tips. I don't have a gun myself but I know people that do and the way I feel at the moment I'll be quite happy to pull the trigger if I can just trap it.

Brownbear



Joined: 28 May 2007
Posts: 14929
Location: South West
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 10 7:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Don't use one of those garbage-quality Trapman ones with the sliding door. The door jams and they're flimsy things.

I use the ones below, and they're effective, long-lasting and tough.

http://www.molevalleyfarmers.com/mvf/store/products/foxdog-trap

I usually bait with a bit of roast chicken attached to the string that causes the trap to fall, and also I use cat food as ground bait. They don't respond to dog food for some reason, but cat food has them coming in like nobody's business.

touchwood



Joined: 12 Jul 2009
Posts: 116
Location: Carmarthenshire
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 10 7:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cheers Brownbear, was hoping you'd help out on this one

welsh veg grower



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
Posts: 2026
Location: here today but tomorrow...
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 10 7:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh thats a shame, we had fox problems on Anglesey and hubby tried with a trap but only ever caught our cat who would go in there for the chicken we put in. Never tried with cat food (that really would have caught our cat) its worth a try, we resorted to calling in shooters and that worked well.

touchwood



Joined: 12 Jul 2009
Posts: 116
Location: Carmarthenshire
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 10 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Foxes beware, I've just ordered the trap that you recommeded Brown Bear.

lottie



Joined: 11 Aug 2005
Posts: 5059
Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 10 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We've caught 2 foxes with this particular trap but a few times it's been sprung ,the bait taken and the perp. escaped. I notice the traps they have started selling at our local feedstuff place is slightly longer and I think less chance of a tail stopping the gate closing fully perhaps--or not?. We've caught foxes,polecats,feral kittens and our neighbours dog in ours---it came out wagging it's tail happy as larry ---but I've never met a nasty golden retriever

Brownbear



Joined: 28 May 2007
Posts: 14929
Location: South West
PostPosted: Tue May 25, 10 9:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

lottie wrote:
We've caught 2 foxes with this particular trap but a few times it's been sprung ,the bait taken and the perp. escaped. I notice the traps they have started selling at our local feedstuff place is slightly longer and I think less chance of a tail stopping the gate closing fully perhaps--or not?. We've caught foxes,polecats,feral kittens and our neighbours dog in ours---it came out wagging it's tail happy as larry ---but I've never met a nasty golden retriever


The lock bar that drops behind the gate would stop it being opened, and a fox would lump forward if it felt pressure behind. I suspect that it's either rats or stoats, eating the bait and pulling the trigger string. They could squeeze out through the bars.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
Posts: 33823
Location: yes
PostPosted: Wed May 26, 10 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

by the feathers crows can eat ,spring and squeeze out of my one and if puss eats any more of nat's ducks it will not be catch and release

lottie



Joined: 11 Aug 2005
Posts: 5059
Location: ceredigion
PostPosted: Wed May 26, 10 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Polecats can't squeeze through---but they are very very angry at being caught much more than the foxes the trap was set for.

KILLITnGRILLIT



Joined: 14 Sep 2006
Posts: 894
Location: Looking at a screen in the front room
PostPosted: Thu May 27, 10 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Prefer wires myself, but only in a rural environment.




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king rat



Joined: 29 Nov 2007
Posts: 79

PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 10 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I use this type, very effective. I had a fox visit in the afternoon and do two of my hens, she paid the price that night though


misty07



Joined: 22 Jan 2010
Posts: 2217
Location: swindon wiltshire
PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 10 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

that is the best picture iv seen in a while well done and hope you give it its just deserts

Bebo



Joined: 21 May 2007
Posts: 12553
Location: East Sussex
PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 10 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

daddymatty82 wrote:
hope you give it its just deserts


I hope he killed it as quickly and painlessly as possible. I'm no bunny-hugger, but hate seeing the poor bloody thing cowering in that trap.

king rat



Joined: 29 Nov 2007
Posts: 79

PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 10 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It was killed very humanely and quickly, it only cowered in the trap when it saw me, until then it was happilly eating the chicken I had used for bait

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
Posts: 35904
Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 10 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Flipping things - they are so beautiful and so destructive

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