Chickens attacted by fox

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Colle, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. Colle

    Colle Hatching

    Dec 18, 2014
    Yesterday morning I heard my chickens scream while I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom. I went downstairs and let my dog out in the garden and he barked angrily and ran of. I went to take a look but I didn't see anything since it was still dark. When I got home that night I only found one chicken running around. I soon found the other two dead. Both of their heads were missing and there was a bite taken out of the side of one of them. They were called Ella and Carla.
    I took the remaining one, Mina inside and now she's been in the basement for a night and a day.
    My dad promised me to build a fox-proof cage for Mina (and the future chickens). Any tips to make sure nothing can get in the cage?
    Oh and Mina is making the house smell really bad. She's in the basement in an old dog bench (I atached a big box to it so she also has a place with walls so feels safer. I also let my dog sleep in a basket beside her so she not alone and the two get along really well). I already cleaned out the bench but it still smells. Should I bath her?
  2. pdirt

    pdirt Songster

    May 11, 2013
    Eastern WA
    Yeah, a chicken in the house is not a pleasant smell. Don't you have a coop to put her in?
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Bathing the chicken will probably not get rid of the smell, unless she has poop on her feathers.

    Did the 'fox' break into the coop......can you post pics of coop?
    Or were the birds outside of coop?

    A fox would more than likely take the carcass away...head gone sounds more like bird of prey..owl if at night, hawk during day.

    Need more info to give any advice.
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