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Building a better fox kennel 5 by RaptorPainter Building a better fox kennel 5 by RaptorPainter
Behold, the finished product! I installed a proper roof/cover kit, actually 4 days after I already had Swiper home! His first night here, we got 3 inches of heavy, wet snow, and the tarp began to sag in the middle of the roof! I was outside at midnight, shoveling the snow off the roof from a ladder! I realized a proper roof couldn't wait. So, I bought the roof/cover kit on Friday, and began to construct it Saturday, only to discover that the kit was missing the required bolts! So Sunday morning, I went back to the store, where they gave me the bolts and I was able to finish building his roof! I'm really proud of how this turned out! I still plan to add a double door on the outside, but that's not an immediate concern.

Components to build a fox kennel: one standard Petsafe 10' x 10' kennel, about 2 rolls of fencing, about 3 rolls of caging wire, one kennel roof/cover kit, lots of cage clips and ringers! Inside: 2 nest boxes (in hopes that my other fox will someday get along with him and live in there, too), 1 Dogloo dog house, metal feeder, bucket for water, some logs and rocks for ambiance ;), about 2 large bags of wood shavings, toys, etc. Let me tell you, not cheap!
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BlueFoxArtStudios Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Student Filmographer
Swiper no swiping!
XD lol 
But this is really cool! I'm so glad you are able to have this!
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2018  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you.  It was a pretty good 7 years with him.  I just wish he'd been more handleable.  However, he was my last fox, and I have no plans of getting any more (unless the Russian domesticated foxes become more widely available and a lot less expensive).
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Ink-Pie Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Cool! Do you think having a normal wooden fence wood work too, just to keep 
them in when you're working so they don't tear up the house?

I'm a minor, so I can't get any foxes yet, because my parents don't want anymore animals. I'm doing research so I can be prepared when I get one. I live in Indiana, where there are a whole lot of fox sellers because having a fox is legal with or without a permit, depending on the county.

another question- Do you support the website Tiny Tracks? I heard mixed things about them, and I was planning to get one from there. Should I get one from a game farm that sells foxes instead?
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Edited Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Probably not.  Foxes are excellent escape artists!  A normal wooden fence can easily be jumped over by a fox, or dug under.  I have my kennel extra re-enforced with a double layer of high gauge wire fencing.  And fox pee tends to rust the wire after a few years, so even though I have his floor made of high gauge fencing so he can't dig out, he manages to find the weak spots where his pee has weakened the wire, and broken through it and began to dig holes - every so often, I have to do a patch job on the floor, to ensure he doesn't dig his way out.  I would definitely not recommend a wooden fence to contain a fox.  It's pricey to own a fox, just on caging materials, alone.

I have heard of Tiny Tracks Exotic Pets - in fact, that's where Swiper is from!  The problem with getting one from a game farm, is that those foxes are bred just for fur, and they don't necessarily care about their genetics, so they can have a lot of health problems (my last 2 foxes, both from game farms, were prone to ear infections - and it is not easy getting ear drops in to a fox!)  If you are getting one, I do recommend doing your research first, but definitely get one from a reputable breeder if you can.
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Ink-Pie Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh, well ok then! Thanks! So you're saying you basically need to have some sort of reinforced, large kennel for them to run around in when you're gone? (I can't get a fox for a Loooonnngggg time, so I've been doing multiple kinds of research for a few years) Plus, could you have a little section inside for them? Maybe their own little playroom (with some type of hard floor) that you could keep them in for a while if you can't watch them when they're outside?
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eddfan1998 Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2016  Student Artist
I am an aspiring fox owner. I want to move to Arkansas and have one. I'd name my fox Nemo!
I am learning all I can about pet red foxes. This way, I can provide Nemo with everything. 
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Glad to hear that you're doing your research.  Owning a fox is a much bigger responsibility than even owning a dog (which is a big responsibility, itself), and I generally try to deter people from getting a pet fox unless they are sure they know what they are doing and are ready to take on the responsibility.  Good luck!
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eddfan1998 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Student Artist
Want to know why I chose Nemo as a fox name?
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Okay. :)
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eddfan1998 Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2016  Student Artist
Foxes are the same color as this clownfish. That's why.
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2016  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I see.
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WildSpiritFox4 Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I got this from the red fox vids Ron Ron :)
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Ron Ron's kennel is actually much bigger than this, from what I've seen.  I just don't have the budget for a kennel that large!  But on the plus side, it is larger than the kennel that they keep 2 foxes in at a local wildlife sanctuary I know of, so this is more than adequate for Swiper. :)
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Owl-Dragonlover123 Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2015
I live in New Hampshire but when I get older I'm going to move to Maine,(can't own a fox even with a permit in New Hampshire) where you need a permit to own a fox which I WILL HAVE. I really want a fox and this is of HUGE help. By the way, how's Swiper? 
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Good luck!  I hope you will be able to get one. :)

Swiper is doing good, thanks for asking. :)
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Chaosarchy Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2014
I have to say it doesn't look like there is much room for him to run around.. You have something else for that?
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, it's bigger than the kennel he was kept in at Foxwood Wildlife Rescue, which was literally half this size, but a lot of the foxes she has there are in kennels about this size - and this is bigger than the kennel that Hawk Creek keeps 2 foxes in, so he's got adequate space to run around.  I was hoping that ultimately, he would be handleable enough that I could put a leash on him and put him on a tie-out, like I did with Aurora, my other fox, but he still doesn't trust me enough.  That's a big problem when you rescue a fox from another owner, because foxes are one person dogs, and they will pretty much only bond with the person who raises them.  I read it can take several years to get a rescued fox to trust you.  I was also trying to figure out if there's possibly a way I could combine his kennel with Aurora's old kennel, since I won't be using it anymore now that she's gone (and I'm forbidden from taking in any more foxes).  That would definitely give him more space.  But I'm still hoping he will ultimately learn to trust me more, and let me put a collar on him, because I'd love to let him out in the tie-out area to run around when I'm home.
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KingOfSpriters13 Featured By Owner Oct 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's cool. Hey, what kind of fox is Ron-Ron? I was considering getting a Fennec when we get our own house, and I'm wondering if I would need a cage as big as this for it.
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Actually, Ron-Ron belongs to :iconfoxalbiazul: My fox is Swiper. But anyway, Ron-Ron and Swiper are both red foxes. Swiper is of the cross-blend color variation, which is sort of a mix of red and silver. For Fennec foxes, you don't need caging as big as this - Fennecs are much smaller foxes. My friend who runs a wildlife rehab clinic has one, and the cage is in the lower part of her house.
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KingOfSpriters13 Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
(sorry for confusing you for him, he linked this in one of his vids) So I won't need an outdoor cage, just a smaller indoor one? Good to know.
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
No problem - I seem to get confused with him quite a bit! :) But yeah, you don't really need a huge cage for a fennec - of course, it depends on how much you want to spoil them! :)
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furryfoxlover Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Ron is so awesome just wondering how much are foxes
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I guess it depends on where you get them from. I paid $100 for Aurora when I got her as a pup from an independent breeder. Swiper's previous owner paid about $400 for him. But then you also have t consider veterinary expenses (shots, spaying, etc.) not to mention finding a vet who will take foxes. It's not a decision to be made lightly. Keeping a fox is not the same as keeping a dog or cat - they are still basically wild animals and will never be as tame (unless you get one of those Russian domesticated foxes, but they run around $4000!)
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furryfoxlover Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Holy cow 4000$ for one fox how many year ps do they live for
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, the Russian ones are actual domesticated foxes - I mean, domesticated like dogs, where they're super friendly and will jump up into your lap and lick your face. They effectively eliminated all of the wild genes from them through generations of selective breeding. Most of the ones you get from exotic pet breeders are just tame foxes who still have a lot of wild in their genes. Also, the Russian ones are part of a research project on how dogs were domesticated, so a lot of the money goes to fund the research further. Anyway, captive foxes have an average lifespan of anywhere from 10-15 years. However, at the wildlife clinic where I worked, most of her captive foxes lived to be 18-19 years, so close to 20 years I guess!
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furryfoxlover Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
Thxs
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
You're welcome! :)
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pg13n Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2011
MY FOXX LOVES THOSE THINGS
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foxalbiazul Featured By Owner May 28, 2011
Excellent! I love how there's a roof kit that is made for this model xD And would say adding a double door system is a MUST! Ron has already sneaked into the entry way in between my double door once... that would mean he'd have gotten out if I hadn't designed the double door system xD

I learned the importance of the double door entry when I worked with a cat rescue in NC, which my employer had a indoor kennel in the warehouse of her furniture store! It was very important the cats in that kennel not get loose in the showroom!!
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner May 28, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It was actually a universal roof kit for any brand 10' x 10' kennel, but it fits quite nicely! :) My only concern is that eventually our winters will probably begin to tear the tarp fabric of the roof, but the beauty part is, the frame of the roof is very solid and durable so I think that in the long run, I will replace the tarp fabric with aluminum sheet roofing or something. But I'm sure the tarp will last at least a couple years.

He's actually been really good so far about staying in when I go inside, but I do hope to have the double door up before the end of summer. I already had a bad experience at Foxwood Wildlife Rescue once many years ago, when I accidentally left the kennel door open to break up a dog fight, and one of the foxes snuck out! We never did re-catch her, but she stopped by to visit from time to time (she wasn't completely tame and apparently did pretty well for herself in the wild). But I felt so guilty about it. I want to be sure that never happens here. The whole fox area is surrounded by a perimeter fence, which I'd hope would buy me enough time to catch him if he did get loose, but he could easily scale it. So yeah, the double door will definitely be going up sometime this summer.
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IamETOH Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks quite adequate! :D
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RaptorPainter Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I sure hope so. It's definitely bigger than the one he was in at Foxwood. It seems really roomy inside! :)
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IamETOH Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It looks grand, he'll love it I'm sure. :aww:
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