Yesterday morning I went out to let the girls out and counted them as they hopped out to enjoy a beautiful day of free ranging while my fiancé and I cleaned the house and worked on the bazzilion things that needed to be done around the house. Well when I counted them I was one short which I quickly determined was one of my leghorn roosters. I thought it was strange but figured maybe he got lost in the woods and didn't make it back for bed last night or maybe he became part of the food chain...
I wasn't thrilled about losing him who would be but I know that realistically I take a risk when I let them free range. Well around noon my fiancée starts screaming for me to come outside. And low and behold there is a red fox being chased off by him. It didn't deter him that in had my golden retriever out or that he was outside at all.
which makes me a little nervous as I have a two year old and four year old that are usually down by the coop feeding the chickens and trying to catch them throughout the day.... Anyways I tried to bribe the girls in after the fox was chased off and had no luck they were hiding in the brush. So I chained the golden retriever at the coop (she can't be off leash or she takes off
) and the chickens all layed with her the rest of the day... My final loss for the day was an additional 5, two hens and three more Roos... Now six chickens to one fox within 24 hrs isn't the part food chain I want to play. At this rate my girls would be wiped out in a matter of days! So we followed feather trails didn't really find anything but I guess we will set up some traps. And I will start looking for replacement chicks. The girls are locked in today. And tomorrow when I'm home all day I will open my run back up and put the dog down there for the day but I'm definitely hesitant to let them free range again till we catch him. Ugh. This part of chicken owning sucks!!!!Edited by cmf12230 - 5/29/15 at 5:02am