Dumbest fox ever

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Starkmojo, Jun 4, 2016.

  1. Starkmojo

    Starkmojo Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 9, 2014
    So last night we had a fox incident. Found him chicken in mouth in the back yard . Went into the house fumbled for the safe keys, grabbed a gun and when I got back he was still there with the chicken on the ground. I missed him, which in the dark wasnt surprising as I was holding a 7lb rifle in one hand and a flashlight in the other. I did manage to scare him about ten feet in the air though.
    I went to get the motionless chicken in order to deny him a meal, when I grabbed it the chicken ran off! So with my wife I tracked the poor freaked out chicken back to the coop. At the coop there was a pile of feathers from a different bird. I wondered did we have two foxes or did he kill one chicken, stash it and come back for another?
    This morning I found the other chicken (also very freaked out ) hiding in the barn, I am spared loss only because we have a very inept predator.

    I do shut them in at night but with teh long days and heat I was waiting till it cooled off to let them in. That and with the addition of the new chickens the old ones dont let them in the coop so I have to put them in which is easier once they roosted up for the night. Guess I wont be making that mistake again.

    I spoke with a neighbor who has recently lost some ducks, and found that his neighbor on the other side of him leaves dog food out, and he has seen a gray fox up there. Which would explain how a fox could be nearly a year old and still not be able to kill a chicken (twice!). On the plus side ODFW was cool and I have a permit to trap little Foxy McDoofus. That and I am not worried about my cat anymore because she likes to be outside at night and if McDoofus cant get a chicken sitting at mouth level in the dark, the cat is fine.
  2. Thistledown

    Thistledown Out Of The Brooder

    Feb 24, 2016
    Nova Scotia
    I've had numerous reports of Fox sightings near my place. Fingers crossed he just as dumb!
  3. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    Glad your chickens survived, and it's an amazing (funny!) story. Maybe the poor guy will be dumb enough to live trap? And shoot? Hope so! Feeding wildlife is NOT helpful, and it's too bad the neighbor does it. Would it help to mention the skunks that might show up? Good luck to you. Mary
  4. Birdydeb

    Birdydeb Chillin' With My Peeps

    That is a funny story. So very glad it ended well for your chickens. IF I HAVE to be visited by a fox I hope it is a relative of your fox.
  5. spoikey

    spoikey Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 31, 2012
    Have a fox around myself. I also have a mean rooster. He got me good a few days ago and I've been trying to decide if he would be going to freezer heaven. Well, he got the better of the fox. The rooster is injured and I am trying to give him a few days to recoup. I figured if he can take on a fox he might be worth keeping. Also the biggest red fox I've ever seen.
  6. Starkmojo

    Starkmojo Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 9, 2014
    I dont really want to talk to the feeder. The only other time I talked to him was when his dogs chased one of my goats through my pasture and onto the road. I was polite as I could be under the circumstances, but I dont want to only come to him with problems. Besides if the fox has easy food over there I hope he will leave my chickens alone if I do my job,

    I put some motion lights by my coop, figuring 1) I am pretty sure I have connected bright lights with gunfire in the fox's mind and 2) I can see my coop from my back window and if he shows up at night I can get another shot at him. So far he hasnt been back as I can tell.

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