A Crazy Fox Story

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by cityfarmer12, Nov 16, 2014.

  1. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, so yesterday, at about 3 in the afternoon, a fox attacked my chickens and ducks. He had already eaten the rooster, and was trying to get the other one through the fence (I was dead). I chase the fox away and check the chickens for injury. We had guests coming over at 5, so in 2 hours, i had to give a duck a bath, dry him, administer first aid, process the dead chicken, sweep and mop the floor, clean the bathroom (cause the duck was in there), take a shower, and help make dinner. Whew.

    This morning, i go out to take care of the birds (but not let them out because i did not want the fox to eat anymore), and the fox was lying on the ground wrapped up in the fence. I cautiously go over and look at it. *poke* *poke* It's dead alright. The poor fox killed itself trying to get to my chickens. It was kinda sad to see such a beautiful animal lying on the ground dead. The up side is i won't lose any more chickens to him, and i will get a really nice pelt to hang on the wall. There is snow on the ground here, so he was a wet. He is hanging in our garage with a fan on him waiting to be skinned.

    I tell ya, that was quite an experience.

    BTW, the reason he got wrapped in the fence is i am using a temporary poultry netting while we are building the new coop and pastures. We just moved, so we don't have the best set-up yet. Hoping to get the new coop done really soon!!
     
  2. horselover101

    horselover101 Out Of The Brooder

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    WOW, Sorry for your loss. [​IMG]But you don't have to worry about that fox anymore.[​IMG]
     
  3. minnehaha

    minnehaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Holy Moly crazy tale! You just can't make that stuff up, real events are so much crazier! So sorry for your loss, and ditto on seeing a pretty critter die, but at least the georgous pelt won't go to waste.
     
  4. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! [​IMG] yeah! It was quite the experience lol
     
  5. minnehaha

    minnehaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Did you happen to take a picture of the fox wrapped in the fence, I would love to see a picture of the scene that you discovered![​IMG]
     
  6. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here he is! Who knows if i'll ever get that fence fixed.........

    [​IMG]
     
  7. gawildlife

    gawildlife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know exactly how it happened. Reds are bouncers, when he first got snagged his first reaction is to jump then jump some more trying to free himself. I can see the tangle getting worse and tighter with each jump.
     
  8. cityfarmer12

    cityfarmer12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yup, thats what i figured. poor guy...i feel kinda bad that he had to die like that :( It is totally wrapped around his neck, nose, and in his mouth. He didn't go down without a fight.
     
  9. gawildlife

    gawildlife Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No doubt it wasn't pretty but animals find strange ways to die every day.
     
  10. minnehaha

    minnehaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Poor little guy, but finding him and how he met his crazy demise sure beats finding your precious chickens dead. He does have a nice pelt and a beautiful full fluffy tail though. Do yall skin and tan yourselves or have a taxidermist do it?

    Boy that is crazy, I had pictured his body wrapped in fence from head to tail and was trying to figure out the cause of death. I didn't imagine his nose and mouth wrapped up. Do you think he died of asphyxiation? He must have fought one heck of a fight!

    Thanks for posting a picture! [​IMG]
     
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