Fox attack, scared rooster

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by eggychick, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. eggychick

    eggychick Hatching

    Jul 28, 2013
    My Muran rooster has survived 3 fox attacks where on each attack all of his hens were killed.
    In other attacks he hasn't seemed phased untill the latest, where he has become scared, docile and isn't aggressive.
    I have also noticed that he hasn't been eating or drinking and seems to be pulling out/losing his feathers around the legs and neck, making him look very sparce, the skin underneath also looks very red raw.
    Previously to these attacks he was a very confident,regal crowing and aggressive which I find are signs of a healthy bird.

    Suggestions between me and my partner are that he is in shock and may have become depressed.
    We have thought about getting him some more company with some new hens to lighten his spirits, but are worried that this could make him worse?

    Can anyone help with suggestions or alternatives or had a similar experience??
  2. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

    Jul 17, 2011
    North Central Kansas
    Greetings from Kansas, eggychick, and [​IMG]! Pleased you joined us! I've never had a multiple attack but I certainly think you need to get him some company...and get rid of those foxes!!
  3. LeviS

    LeviS Songster

    May 22, 2012
    North Dakota
    :welcome and good luck with your poultry adventure! :frow Agreed, some lady friends might brighten him up a little. Those foxes got to go though, sounds like they know where the good eating chicken is now. :/
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    [​IMG] Poor guy, you need to beef up security or put some in place. Head for the predator section and study well. What you need is a chicken friendly dog that will protect them. You also need traps / and gun practice. Do you have any friends that hunt fox? As long as that fox knows there are chickens and tasty ones at that, he will be back. This poor rooster has been thru enough, if he starts doing better please re-home him so he doesn't have to relive this nightmare a fourth time. It's really cruel and unusual punishment.

    Mr MKK FARMS Crowing

    Sep 27, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Glad you joined us! [​IMG]
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! Happy you joined the website!
  7. eggychick

    eggychick Hatching

    Jul 28, 2013
    We have a chicken friendly dog, a 6ft chicken wire enclosure with huts. We also shut the chickens away at dusk.
    Tried hunting them. It's As if the foxes wait until there's an ideal moment when we take the dog for a walk.
    Not an u usual punishment and not cruel at all, it's nature, we try our hardest to repel them but they just seem to get In the enclosure some how.
    I personally think they climb over the fences somehow as there are no signs of burrowing under or holes in the fence.
  8. liz9910

    liz9910 Crowing

    Apr 8, 2012
    Northern California
    Welcome to BYC! Sounds like you really need to predator proof your chicken coop/run with hardware cloth, and if the top of the run isn't covered cover it right away!

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