Ain’t nobody here but us chickens

HDPE planking from Wyke-based Tatra Plastics is being used by Chichester engineer Mark Francis to make ‘fox proof’ chicken coops.

“Badgers are even worse than foxes for raiding chicken houses because they’re built for digging and have really powerful claws,” said Francis. “However, neither badgers nor foxes are able to dig or chew their way in through the plastic walls, floor or roof panels.

“So far as we know, these are the first vermin-proof chicken houses.”

All the walls and roof panels are made from Tatra’s Click & Fix panels, which are fixed to a metal frame. The roof edging and cap are made from a plastic-coated galvanized steel sheet that stops foxes and badgers from chewing or digging their way in, he added.