Fox caught in the henhouse

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by chickenannie, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Unfortunately, it killed all my best Buff Orpington hens and my lovely Buff rooster George. It was awful. I called the farmer-neighbors and they came over and shot the fox, which I had locked into the henhouse. I was hoping the fox problem was taken care of but the neighbors reported seeing several more foxes around, even in my barn. I went in the barn and there were 2 more piles of feathers -- 2 more hens lost to foxes. I feel terrible. The rooster was near dead and suffering horribly so I had to kill him to put him out of his misery.

    I just feel kind of numb. So much death and destruction in such a short period of time. My pet roo, Brownie, survived but has a broken leg and possibly puncture wounds. One banty hen survived by flying up to the rafters but then she had to witness it all.

    It's the end of my naivete about foxes. I am going to get some electric netting fence from Premiere and surround my coop with it. Does anyone know if that stops foxes (when it's electrified netting). Otherwise the birds are going inside.
     
  2. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    I'm so sorry for you and your birds. Foxes are cute, but they are killers, even though it's to eat and comes naturally, we can't have them eating our stock. I'm not familiar with the netting, I hope someone else is and let's you know so this horrible thing doesn't happen to you again.
     
  3. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:In some way, it wouldnt' be as bad if I thought the fox was starving and needed to eat to survive. But this fox just killed all the chickens and let them lie. didn't eat them at all. Senseless. Why do foxes do that?
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    with foxes now known to be plentiful in your area, lock-em like fort knox and a really secure run, the more you can do the better, at least then you may be able to sleep at night.

    AL
     
  5. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    Sorry to hear about your loss. [​IMG]

    Were you able to tell how the fox got into your coop?
     
  6. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    That must have been awful for you. I'm so sorry.
     
  7. Rainman

    Rainman Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:In some way, it wouldnt' be as bad if I thought the fox was starving and needed to eat to survive. But this fox just killed all the chickens and let them lie. didn't eat them at all. Senseless. Why do foxes do that?

    Because they are foxes.
     
  8. flakey chick

    flakey chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:That is a bit unusual. Even when they are killing a lot to feed their young, they usually kill one animal and then bring it straight back to the den. I have heard of rabid foxes that attack senslessly, but if that were the case, it probably would have been much harder to trap and dispatch.
     
  9. Mac in Wisco

    Mac in Wisco Antagonist

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    I read the title and thought you speaking metaphorically... Sorry about your loss.
     
  10. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The reason is not because they are cruel or insensitive, it's a rather smart strategy called a cashe. What the fox did was to make a storage of food that he could come back to later and had he not been interupted he would have carried off the birds to hide them someplace to feed at his leisure.

    The netting is very good but remember that Fox are excellent jumpers, climbers and diggers. I have read about them jumping a 5 foot wall to get at prey and also climbing trees and digging under fences to get into runs. A good covered run with buried wire or tin will stop the assult.
     

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