Fox & Badger Food
Why on earth provide food for foxes and badgers?
Pet owners and animal lovers all know that nutrition is absolutely vital for the health, wellbeing of happiness of all animals. And that goes for those that roam the wild as much as those who call your home their own. While the wild foxes and badgers that wander through our streets and fields at night may be considered pests and an annoyance by some, behaviours such as scavenging and aggression are caused by desperation not belligerence.
That’s why many animal lovers choose to leave out high quality, well balanced and tasty food for wild foxes and badgers. There are a range of benefits to doing this for you and for them.
What do foxes eat?
Most people have seen the clips of foxes knock over rubbish bins and feast on some old leftovers. Foxes are clearly not very fussy when it comes to food. They actually have a very varied diet as they are knwon to eat rabbits, chickens, piglets, vermin, frogs, birds and insects like earthworms. Foxes also eat carrion, otherwise know as the decaying flesh of animals. They do also try to get their 5 a day, as they like to mucnh on fruits and berries.
Do foxes eat cats?
Cat owners are often very concerned that their feline friend will be in danger from the increasing number of foxes, especially in urban areas. As a rule, cats will tend to behave defensively when they feel threatened. They will hiss, spit and brush up their fur to make them look bigger, if they feel in danger. Due to this, foxes will usually leave cats alone. Furthermore, cats are very observant and have a great sense of awareness, so can usually escpae a sticky situation if required. Overall, cats are usually considered to be safe to roam even when foxes are know to frequent the local area. however, if a cat were to get too close to a foxs' burrow and her cubs feel threatened, then foxes (like other animals) would aggressively defend her young.
What do badgers eat?
Badgers, just like foxes, have a wide varied diet. They mainly feed on earthworms which makes up a large proportion of their natural diet. They can consume very large quantities each night. They have very sharp claws and are excellent at digging in the ground to find insects. To many gardeners annoyance, this makes them good at digging up bulbs! In addition, badgers like to eat fruits and nuts, like acorns. They will also eat mice and small rabbits, along with frogs.
Protect the health of our nation’s animals
Our wild fox and badger food range is high in protein, carbohydrates, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals. It gives them everything they need to stay healthy in the wild. Wild foxes and badgers are a huge part of our national identity. Keeping them healthy and happy plays a big part in sustaining the wildlife that makes our country great.
Prevent risk of scavenging
When wild animals have a good quality local food source, they’re more likely to come back to visit you rather than scavenging in the neighbourhood’s bins or interfering with your chicken coop.
At Little Peckers, we understand the importance of protecting local wildlife. Leave our foods out at night and you’re sure to find that it has been gobbled up by grateful nocturnal visitors by the morning.
Here is a superb article from The National History Museum about the secret life of urban foxes. This is well wroth a read!