Tennis balls and Ammonia

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Tennis balls and Ammonia

Post by Alimay » 21 Aug 2013, 12:49

Hi
I read on another chicken forum that soaking tennis balls in ammonia and putting them around your perimeter of your property and around the chicken run deters foxes as they do not like the smell. So far I have not been able to find where to purchase ammonia to give this a go, but from what I have read, it works well.

My oh has done the peeing around the fence line and chicken coop but we have still lost 5 chickens to a fox before so don't think it works too well.

Has anybody else tried this or heard of this? :grin:

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Re: Tennis balls and Ammonia

Post by Woodland Hen » 21 Aug 2013, 13:31

I have never heard of that. But a chemist or maybe a hairdressing wholesaller might have ammonia.

I had heard the human wee thing works but foxs are so wise and not that scared of people these days.
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Re: Tennis balls and Ammonia

Post by drfish » 21 Aug 2013, 14:16

Human urine (male preferably) will work to some degree for countryside foxes, but urban foxes probably wouldn't bat an eyelid at it.

I often do it anyway, just in case, as well as my dogs and my cats often pee around the chicken pen area. Only ever had one attack, and there's plenty of them around where I live.

I wouldn't trust it to actually stop them though.

Most of these shop bought animal repellents use ammonia sulphate, so it's quite likely it would go some way to deterring a fox. You could maybe try this http://www.amazon.co.uk/Bird-Brand-hous ... B000TAOZIY

Ammonia can be used as an ingredient in many unsavoury activities though, so I wouldn't recommend stock piling it or anything, or you might find the anti-terrorism police take an interest in you :mrgreen:
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Re: Tennis balls and Ammonia

Post by crazypianolady » 21 Aug 2013, 14:52

Adn don't smell it yourself, it can affect your sense of smell. :shock:

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Re: Tennis balls and Ammonia

Post by Alimay » 21 Aug 2013, 17:52

:shock: will be careful when buying it, don't want Mr Plod around at my home.

I am going to try and get some ammonia as mentioned in the link above and will give it a go. Apparently you only need to replace the balls with newly soaked ones monthly so worth a shot. Hopefully it will also deter rats although we seem to have gotten rid of them since I stopped leaving feed out at night.

Thanks for the suggestions all.
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