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I have an animal Problem Answered

So i was exploring my backyard woods, when i came across an animal burrow. This worries me because it's roughly a foot in diameter and located near our chicken coop. so i need ideas to drive this animal away. I have a bb gun and no trapping license or real gun.


Fill in the hole, and cover it with plywood that you've weighted down. Personally, I'd pour mothballs down the hole first. Pepper is a possibility, and supposedly an ammonia-soaked rag works well. I tried both to get rid of a fox that moved in under my shed; he didn't mind. The only thing that worked was filling it in and boarding it up. Don't have moths in my shed anymore! ;) Then he dug a burrow into a dirt pile I have on my property. Poured mothballs into that, shoveled it in, and boarded it up. Once a predatory critter, especially one that has found a spot where it's not in danger (I'm the only one around here without a big dog), or it has food (your chickens) it will want to hang around the area. In my experience, the only way to really chase it off short of trapping or killing it is going to be to make it inhospitable to sleep in your yard, then make it annoying to even BE in your yard. So look for and fill in holes, then board them up or it'll dig it again. It'll hopefully get the hint and go find someplace else to be. In my case, the fox still loved to go get something, eat it in my ayrd (leaving telltale scraps), then go someplace else to sleep. Solution: I sat really still with my pellet gun facing the spot that I knew the fox liked to stop and snack in. When he showed up, I aimed and shot him in about center mass. I know the pellet wouldn't kill him, and he jumped my fence well before I could reload, but I haven't seen nearly as much evidence of the sumnabitch. You'll probably need to inflict pain, trap, or kill it. If your critter has killed your livestock, you're defensibly within your rights to use deadly force. Just make sure that it's targeted at the predator itself. For example, some poison left near the burrow might kill the wrong thing. Poison IN the burrow should only get its resident. Be careful of young critters, and if I were you, I'd carry a shotgun or a shovel when I went to mess with the burrow. Getting bit by something that may be rabid is not fun.

Well at least you were able to make its life more hell to be there than your own, a badger made itself welcome at the bottom of the garden...

One day it had a go at me and I hit it with a stick and removed myself very quickly, mainly because they're vicious buggers but if you back off they'll go back in their den...

After a few more attacks from the happy litle beast I got pissed off when I was cutting wood and I heard the usual rustling and growling noises, well not growling so much as (insert adjective) and it caught my leg, I hit it a good smack with the blunt side of the axe (the big eff off axe that is)

The wee bugger was barely stunned, however it ran like hell and I simply took a leak in its burrow, didn't bother us again...

Ha, it probably thought you were stark raving mad after all of that, decided it'd just leave that insane, murderous jackalope alone. The fox that moved in here keeps coming back, no matter how many times I pee in its burrow or board it up (I even convinced a coyte to pee in its burrow, once, too), but it kept coming back. Last I saw of him was a few days ago when he dug in under the concrete slab that is my front porch. I walked out the front door and something was rustling and growling, then lunged at my leg. I must have punted him a good 30 feet! Hasn't been back since...

Well the badger and I were on no uncertain terms, I was bricking it about killing the wee bugger since they're endangered but how I don't know, I hit it hard enough to knock sideways and a few inches in to the ground, wee wretch scarpered though...

I think the reason my pee method worked well was that I had been drinking a lot the day before, probably part of the reason I didn't walk away like usual...

If little foxy woxy comes back again I'd suggest catching it and taking it for a drive, they're not the nicest animal to attempt handling but they're easy to snare or simply trick, a travel box and a few sausages will do the trick, then drive out somewhere far away and deposit fox...

Other places to deposit foxes:
  • Wildlife sanctuaries
  • Behind a butchers
  • In the butchers
  • The vet
  • Mailboxes
  • Your neighbours catflap
  • Trees
  • Crackhouses
  • Hobo dumpsters
  • The bottom of a quarry

Used to have a fox in the yard, but it got hit by a car (not mine, despite my best efforts, I mean, um, nevermind). Then fox 2.0 moved in. I think they'll keep showing up until I get a big dog like everyone else on the block. Although I did bark at it once and it jumped a six foot fence in a single bound just to get away.

"Places to deposit foxes...In the butchers... mailboxes... crackhouses..."

LMAO! Although if I deposited it at a crackhouse, a very high fox might find its way back to my house. Or maybe the crackheads would take it in as a pet and give it all the crack it wants. You never know.

Fill in the hole in with Rocks, and make sure the top is big rocks the bottom can be road crush or some thing like that, any thing that sucks to dig if you don't have a shovel, foxes, raccoons, etc don't dig in rocks, they will find some where else to call home, and around your chicken coop put up a four or five wire electric fence, i use Dare posts, the cheap black ones but you could use the expensive yellow ones if you like and that fiberglass/ aluminum wire to keep cats and cow's out of the garden, but electric fences work on every thing even on the annoying neighbors kids.... A fox will only try once maybe twice and then leave it alone (( and the neighbors kids um ya they aren't as smart as the cats or cows ))

I know you're joking about the neighbors' kids, but it's true... Kept my criminal neigbors' kids out-- ran an electric wire along the top rail of the fence, then encouraged a hell of a lot of thistle to live right along the fence. They never hopped the fence and used, stole, or vandalized my stuff again!

You said you ran an electric wire ?? your not just attaching it 120 / 240 Volt AC are you ?? That would be ILLEGAL and can kill some one... I'm using an electric fencer to supply my fence, it runs at about 20 joules and I think it's 10,000 volts but it's pulsed and it will not Kill someone, it just hurts like hell and it is made to control cows in a pasture...... (( And I like the thistle idea, nettles are nice as well and so it carragana and you can shape it like monsters when it's big ))

Well, elecrtic fence wire. A friend of mine who owns a small ranch got a new fence and gave me his old system, so it was nice and cheap and easy.

Nope they stand there and dare each other to touch it, and they have this game where they touch it and touch and touch and see who can go the longest with out geting a shock, and it a older fencer so it really smarts... and some times if it's been raining they leave crying... ((( hummmm Stupid hurts )))

Fill it in with some big heavy rocks like Big Bwana said. That's all you need to do.

. A lot depends on what type of critter made the hole and why. If it was dug to search for bugs/worms/&c;, you probably don't have much to worry about. . If it really is a burrow, as forgesmith mentioned, most animals don't like to be around humans, so frequenting the area may drive the critter away. If you use irritants, such as W'burg's pepper, don't get carried away. It would be really easy to harm a small animal with too much. . If a chicken predator has made a nest, you may have to kill it.

Not the fox that moved into my backyard and wouldn't move out-- he didn't mind me at all!

so my worrys were confermed!! one of our chickens is gone!!! so now i mad so anything gos against this devil. i m sure it's what ever lives in this hole because there feathers outside and in the entrance o the burrow

It's probably a racoon or possum. Have you tried setting a live trap?

Smoke bomb in hole, stand ready with BB gun when it runs out to scare it away some more. Although a friend with a .30-30 might be best, if it will feast on a chicken you might look small enough to fight a bit rather than run away from right off. Of course if baby critters are involved than the fight might be somewhat longer than a bit. Don't you have a game warden or animal control person you can call for removal help? You've lost livestock, that's a reason for them to be interested. Oh, and don't forget, not being afraid of humans is a possible sign of rabies in wild animals. Have fun.

I agree with Nacho and Kiteman, BB guns will only maim, not kill.

What, no one answered this yesterday?

It's almost July 4, go buy some smoke bombs, drop one in. By "burrow" you mean it's tunnel-like and not a plain hole, right? Smoke might also show you if there are other entrances. (Allegedly) the smoke is non-toxic, will only irritate whatever is home until it clears out, repeat as needed until it gets the message. They shoot some sparks when first lit until they go all smoke (in my experience) so you might want to hold it while sparking (can use pliers) before dropping it in if you're worried about dry stuff inside igniting.

Of course, something to consider is if there are baby critters in there, up to you if you want to risk a mother abandoning them.

There are friendlier options you could try. I'm no outdoors wildlife expert, these are based on my own observations. They may take longer to work, and should give a mother critter plenty of time to move the kids. For one, take a battery-powered lantern (6V big flashlight could also work), place in hole. They like the dark, that will bother them especially at night.

Stink up the place so it doesn't smell like their home. Drop in rotting smelly dead food, meat, fungus-overgrown tofu, etc, should work except for dedicated scavengers like possums. (I must be old, I remember when "possum" was spelled with an "o" on the front!) Got any used cat litter? Same idea.

Outdoor critters generally don't like humans, will stay away. So you may also try using human scent, at the mouth of the burrow or even right inside of it. I'll leave it to you to figure out how to self-generate the fresh liquid scent carrier. Just make sure the neighbors aren't watching.

""I must be old, I remember when "possum" was spelled with an "o" on the front!"

It's only been a few years.

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Shoot them all... In their faces...


10 years ago

I would set a snare, and about guns, an Air rifle should be okay (they don't require a license)

I doubt a trapping license is needed, especially if you use a live-catch trap. Hope it's not a skunk! BTW- Skunks are hard on chickens. They'll bite the head off, drain the blood and leave the carcass laying.

Sadly, this is kind of a bad time of year to have discovered this, as forgesmith said, there are most likely babies in the burrow too (if it is a burrow). If it is a true burrow, you probably will not be able to fill much more than just the entrance, so as suggested, if you don't use "something" in the soil, the animal will easily find and reopen it. It may be necessary, once you find out "what" the animal is, to dig up the burrow thus hopefully making the animal move on. If you have horses, you already know that a seemingly innocuous animal like a groundhog (woodchuck) can be as harmful to horses as foxes to chickens, even if the harm is more indirect.

kick it and/or step on its head

You need to know what made the hole. Are there any tracks in the dirt? If not, find a spot as far from the hole as you can (yet still be able to see the hole, maybe with binoculars), and sit there before dusk - watch what comes out. If it's rabbits, or any other harmless critter, don't worry. If it's something else (badger, fox), wait 'til it's gone and then fill in the hole, mixing pepper or similar in the dirt.