Originally Posted by Eric 2016
this time of year it's probably feeding a litter of pups, the missing fur would just be normal shedding, it looks odd to us because we're not used to seeing foxes that look that way. is still kill it.
It's also possible that the missing fur is mange.
Originally Posted by chickiemama27
Hi all, new to this forum and new to BYC. We have a major fox issue. We've lost 18 birds in 2 months. We've trapped 2 juveniles, in 2 weeks and have seen a larger one as well, and think there are more. I've heard they live in "families". How in the world do you get rid of that many??? Any other things that are helpfu?
If you don't have a secure run attached to your coop yet, I'd suggest doing that. Your foxes will keep coming back as long as the buffet is available.
Originally Posted by eggbert420
Trapping, poisoning, snares, grinded up glass in a piece of meat etc... I personally just like to shoot them. Its more humane and it doesn't hurt any other animals.
I would not use any of the other methods listed because of the chances of killing an unintended target.
Originally Posted by aart
Missing hair and skinny......probably mange, will be good to put it out of it's misery.
My thinking, too.
Originally Posted by Yorkshire Coop
Personally I wouldn't tell her anything else about the fox. She has been warned. I have neighbors who are the same (feeding them) and keeping off the topic has been the way to go and to keep the peace. I hope they don't ever look in the back of our pick up as that is where they stay until they go for testing at the department of agriculture.
Any more sightings yet?
I wouldn't say anything more either - whether you shoot it or not. Some types of mange are contagious, I think.