Fox Attack! Please Help Me!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chancet101, Apr 7, 2016.

  1. chancet101

    chancet101 New Egg

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    So, this morning I went out to feed and water my chickens, and I see a fox holding one of my black australorps by its neck! I chased it and the fox let go. The chicken was missing feathers but there were no gashes. The only weird thing is that its voice croaks. Like when your drinking with a straw and you finish the drink. It coughs every few minutes. I had to leave and I won't be home until 3. Will it be OK?
     
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Sounds as if the fox may have injured her larynx. Hopefully she will be okay. Guard your birds. Fox are feeding kits now and are actively hunting.
     
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  3. Bigwig

    Bigwig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Get a live trap if that is legal in your area. The fox will be back.
     
  4. rottlady

    rottlady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    keep your chickens inside a predator proof run and coop now because since he/she has discovered that you have a fast food restaurant it will come back because it has hungry kits. Our neighbor lost over 20 chickens last year to fox and coyotes feeding babies
     
  5. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hope you put those birds away in a safe place before you left, because as sure as the sun rises, that fox WILL be back. I was practically wiped out by a fox a few yrs ago in a couple of hours. Electrified poultry net was the answer for me.
     
  6. chancet101

    chancet101 New Egg

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    Thanks for the help! Is there anything I can do to help its larynx?
     
  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    If the larynx is indeed damaged, it should heal on it's own, but her voice may be changed.
     
  8. JackE

    JackE Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That bird is lucky to be alive. As long as she's breathing good, and active (Eating & drinking), she should be OK. A different voice is a small price to pay.
     
  9. chancet101

    chancet101 New Egg

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    GreatNews!The bird is fine! They are in their coop and we set traps for the fox. Her voice is fine and she's just missing some feathers.
     
  10. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Good update.
     

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