Fox attack - Big hit today

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  1. GermanChick

    GermanChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My flock got attacked by a fox today !!!
    It started 3 month ago, 1 Barred Rock was missing. After looking around our property (10 acres) I found a pile of feathers by a tree line. No blood, nothing. Just feathers and hen was gone. Over the last 3 month I lost all in all 4 Barred Rocks, one made it back to the coop but was so badly injured that I humanely euthanized her. I thought it must be a hawk or owl since every time I just found feathers and the hens missing. Last attack was 3 days ago. Today was the BIG hit. In the afternoon I looked outside the window and saw feathers and a hen just crouching in the grass, not moving. I got outside and the hen had some wounds around the neck area and underneath the wings, not really bad but she seemed to be in a kind of shock. Just sitting there, head resting on the ground. I picked her up and was just sitting there looking over the wounds and trying to comfort her when I heard another hen scream not to far away from me and a fox had her around the neck trying to carry her, fighting for her life, away. I screamed and scared the fox away, picking up the other injured hen. Pretty bad wounds and slashes in the same areas as the other one, around neck and under wings. She seemed otherwise to be fine, lively and not shocked like the other one. When I got back to the coop I did a head count. 6 Chickens missing and another one with wounds. Feathers, almost in piles, all over the backyard and between coop and barn.
    I hope that the missing ones are just scared off and will show up tomorrow morning. 4 of them are big girls that are 1 year old and the other 2 are 16 weeks old, one of them a roo.
    Can a fox do that much damage in one afternoon ?
    The 3 injured hens are in the coop but are in a separate area. What can I do for them? Pretty deep puncture wounds and "slashes" that almost look like they need to be stitched.......
    My husband got outside with the gun and saw the fox but couldn't get a clear shot. The chickens will be locked up for a couple of days, we have a covered attached run and space underneath the coop.
    What can we do to get that #[email protected]^& Fox ???
    Now I am left with 4 healthy laying hens, one of them broody. Hopefully my 16 week chicks will start laying soon (16 hens).
     
  2. flash5153

    flash5153 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would be setting a live trap,,tonight would have been a good time to do it but may be too late now. That dead chicken would have been great bait. But still ,,,a live trap is what you need.
     
  3. RingedTeal

    RingedTeal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you seen the Bell Howell they say it's supposed to keep away pests like dogs,foxes,racoons,etc.
     
  4. GermanChick

    GermanChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, other than a chicken, what would be the best bait ???
     
  5. allieloveschickens

    allieloveschickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    try tuna as bait, or if you have any raw chicken in the fridge. Good luck!
     
  6. GermanChick

    GermanChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:We have a dog and 2 cats, how would they respond to that Bell Howell thingy ??
     
  7. Ivywoods

    Ivywoods Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry to hear you are having fox problems. Once they get a taste of your chickens they keep coming back. I would try trapping. Live trap or foot hold trap. I believe it is pretty tough to catch a fox in a live trap, but certainly not impossible. Be sure your live trap is large enough. Most of them are a little small for a fox.

    I don't know anything about the Bell Howell thing. I'm not sure I would want to hang my hat on a deterrent being foolproof. The best deterrent I've found has been 3 great pyrenees dogs.

    Dogs- Win...win...win.. win...

    Predators- "0"
     
  8. GermanChick

    GermanChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Our dog is obviously not a good watch dog. He is a St.Bernard, plenty big but also plenty lazy, and when it gets hot he wants to stay indoors in AC ;-)
     
  9. CarolynF

    CarolynF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might want to investigate an electric fence.
     
  10. flash5153

    flash5153 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I also have a st bernard,,,,mine must have more energy than yours,,cause he will go after things,,but he does tire easily. I can't let mine run loose all the time so he does me no good for protection for chickens. He also hates wet ground,,,walks on it like he is tip toeing around,,,and will wine if it sprinkles rain on him like he is dying. lol

    As far as bait now ,for a live trap,,,after fox has eaten and killed chickens is tough. I'm not sure if anything but a chicken will entice it into the trap. But you could try a few eggs and some Tuna fish,,it sure can't hurt to try.
     

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