In a word: YES.
I was woken at 3am by the latest addition to the Murricane family and stumbled my way into the bathroom, still half asleep and cursing the cold. I was then startled by an almighty clatter coming from outside, which was followed by lots of squawking, gobbling and flapping from our 4 chooks. I went through to the spare room to look out, and through the dark murky night saw an enormous fiend of a fox, ferociously leaping about the chicken run, tearing at it and doing all it could to get in.
I’ve seen foxes on our road many times, and the neighbours have told me that they’ve tried to attack the chickens before, so it’s not as if I wasn’t aware that this happens fairly regularly. However, there was something really scary about actually seeing it with my own eyes in the middle of the night and being powerless to do anything to stop Ferocious Mr Fox.
I had to go back and tend to mini Murricane so couldn’t stay and watch the fate of our terrified chooks, and spent the rest of the night worrying about whether they had survived. Mr M went to check as soon as he woke up and they were absolutely fine of course! Pottering about, breakfasting happily as if nothing at all had happened.
This, for me, is why the Eglu is brilliant. It is safe and secure, and believe me, it had a proper test of this the other night! I’m sure it’s possible to build your own secure coop but neither Mr M or I have the tested skills for this, and foxes will make the most of any weakness in a structure to get at their prey. It’s brilliant to know the chooks are safe each and every night.
We invested in an Eglu over 4 years ago, and whilst it has many other impressive selling points, a large part of our decision was based on the fact that it was said to be entirely fox proof. Eglus are not cheap to buy but for new chickens keepers like us the investment is worth every penny, and I can definitively confirm the Eglu does indeed outfox this determined predator!
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