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Fox attack :(

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by hensandchickscolorado, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. My three hens were out enjoying the sunny day today...and a fox got all three of them :(.

    I looked out back to see a fox trotting around the yard. I scared him off, and saw one of my girls, feathers all around, quite dead on the ground. Upon further investigation--I found the other two. Headless, I think. It was awful; both were in corners of the yard so they obviously ran off and he attacked. I am hoping that they didn't struggle too much, poor girls.

    Here's what was weird--he killed them, but didn't take them. There was no blood. He came back, for his dinner, I suppose, but is this how foxes operate? They kill everything in sight and then come back later to gobble them up??

    I am so sad; the girls were almost two years old and have done so well. I'm not sure if we should replace them as I don't want to keep hens cooped up all day, but free ranging is obviously dangerous where I live.

    What a sad day :(.

  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Songster

    Jun 12, 2010
    Safford, Arizona
    Oh so sorry ! Im sure they wanted to eat them, but something must have scared them. In my area I have coyotes. I have to put fences around to keep them safe. including top of fences to keep hawks out !!
  3. SussexChicks

    SussexChicks In the Brooder

    Feb 13, 2013
    Get a Beagle or LGD to chase away foxes
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Bummer - unfortunately free ranging carries the risk of predation.

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