A fox again... or so at least we suspect. :-((

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Flock Leader, Oct 18, 2012.

  1. Flock Leader

    Flock Leader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We woke up to the sounds of disturbed chickens at 4 AM, and although my husband bolted right up and outside, he couldn't detect a predator. Then in the morning I discovered my little silver mixed silkie hen is missing. :eek:(((( You can't imagine how sorry I am. She was the children's pet and our special favorite. She was so weak when she hatched, and I nursed her to health and fed her out of my hand to make sure she eats enough. She was my baby.

    No, we didn't close the coop door *bangs head against wall* [​IMG] We didn't expect something like that because we have a dog, which is supposed to drive foxes and other predators off. When we had our old dog, R.I.P, there were NEVER any predators in the yard. But our new dog is still a puppy, so perhaps her smell isn't enough to scare the foxes away. We'll try tying her a little closer to the coop at night. And of course close the door.

    My husband told me he'll try to get me silkies or cochins, because he sees how upset I am because of my little pullet, but of course nothing will replace her. She was mixed with some unknown breed and pretty in her own unique way, which can hardly be retraced in any pure-bred chicken. *sigh*. *tears* [​IMG]
     
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  2. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    I'm so sorry [​IMG]
     
  3. Flock Leader

    Flock Leader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I guess I'm posting this sorry tale to warn others: even if you haven't had a predator attack, be ever watchful! An audacious fox/hawk/raccoon can appear, just when you least expect it and your defenses are at their lowest. Especially during seasons when your local predators are especially hungry and desperate, like here, after a long hot summer, with no rains in view yet and everything parched and dry.
     
  4. joelman7

    joelman7 Out Of The Brooder

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    its alright [​IMG]. ive lost 30 chinkens in the last five years to fox. my friend lost 50 in one day. your not the only one[​IMG].
     
  5. Thebirdwisperr

    Thebirdwisperr Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Don't worry I've lost 3 hen to a owl.
    I know how hard it must be to lose a favorite hen.
     
  6. fowl farm

    fowl farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Flock Leader, we lost 5 birds to a fox and we had a dog off leash 24/7. I think we would have lost more if it wasn't for her. We saw her chase Mr. Fox several times, so we didn't think we were in danger, but I guess he got plucky. And keep in mind, they hunt in the day, too. 3 of our birds were taken late afternoon. Sorry for your loss [​IMG]
     
  7. Flock Leader

    Flock Leader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know foxes hunt in the day, too, especially if they are very hungry and know where to find chickens! I chased one away from our yard at 8 A.M. Had to throw stones at him before he ran away!
     
  8. Flock Leader

    Flock Leader Chillin' With My Peeps

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    And thanks everyone. I've been feeling so irresponsible and stupid for letting this happen.
     

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