daylight fox attack

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Keara, Jun 18, 2010.

  1. Keara

    Keara Songster

    Sep 24, 2009
    How common is it for a fox to take chickens durring the day? I lost half my layers and all my pullets yesterday, 9 in total. We saw a fox leaving the barn area as we discovered the piles fo feathers. Five years and I've never lost chickens durring the day! I will be setting out live traps and sitting this afternoon with the .22 near the path he headed home on. Do foxes hunt in groups?, so many where taken and I only found one body.... can't imagen one fox ate eight chickens!

  2. greyhorsewoman

    greyhorsewoman Songster

    Mar 3, 2008
    Endless Mts, NE PA
    I had that a couple years ago when a young family of foxes came and wiped out my barnyard chickens. They were coming morning, noon, and night !
  3. slackwater

    slackwater Songster

    Feb 1, 2010
    I've heard that foxes will bury prey for later. So, even if one fox can only eat so much at a time, they will keep more for later - especially if they have kits to feed.
  4. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Songster

    Dec 15, 2009
    they are mainly nocturnal but i think they occasionaly hunt during the day
  5. aprophet

    aprophet Songster

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:it is not so much day and night it is more when human activity dies down they become active
  6. incubatingisfun

    incubatingisfun Songster

    Dec 15, 2009
    good point
    keara where do you live city or country
  7. I've seen them during the day but mostly in the morning or late afternoon. I guess it depends on how hungry it is. Good luck!

  8. Keara

    Keara Songster

    Sep 24, 2009
    Quote:I live in Vermont it's all country here!.... specifically a old dairy farm just outside of town. I've always assumed foxes were only a problem in the evenings and night.

    We've always had coyotes but I've never seen fox here, though I'm not surprised. Just never had a problem before, kept chickens for 5yrs now, this is my first fox loss.

    Lesson learned, no more free ranging my favorites when I am not home. I am going to build a enclosed run for my BCM chicks, cuz I don't want to lose those too.
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2010
  9. jmagill

    jmagill Songster

    Mar 9, 2009
    Western Wyoming
    We see the foxes at all times of the day and night.

    Foxes are aware of your routines and will watch at different times of day to see when you are out and about.

    My husband got home the other afternoon and saw the fox sitting just outside the pasture fence watching me put the chickens back in the run.
    if I had been 15 minutes later he would have had a couple.( or more)
  10. gootziecat

    gootziecat Songster

    Nov 27, 2007
    Hampshire Co, WV
    I have seen foxes hunting in the morning too. Years ago, we had racoons killing our chickens in the middle of the day. Like some one mentioned, it has a lot to do with how hungry they are.

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