Fox problem super worried!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chickens? WOW, Jul 13, 2011.

  1. Chickens? WOW

    Chickens? WOW Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi I have 14 chickens that are just around 12 weeks old. I have had chickens only for a brief while, I have never had to deal with a predator. Now today there was a super huge thunderclap that scared me but also a black and tan fox. This fox had been hiding beyond our mowing area in tall grass. on our property. Now I have heard that foxes will wreck havoc on a chicken coop, I don't know exactly what to do. My chickens live in the barn at night in a secure coop within the barn so there is no problem of anything happening to them in there. BUT the barn is in the unmowed 2 acres. The barn is around 20 feet from the mowed area, and has pretty good clear space in front of it and around the sides because it has just been built. But on the way to the mowed area (where the chickens spend almost all their time) there are some tall grassy parts. I am just worried that the fox(es) will hide there and jump my chickens. So, if you could help answer my following questions that would be great!

    1 With fourteen chickens, that are usually within seeing distance, or at least in groups of four will the fox eat them?
    2 I am unable to mow all of the tall grass (Some comes up to my shoulders!) but in the lower grass around the barn would it be worth it to mow it? I know that is what my neighbors do with their birdhouses to keep the cat from eating the birds.
    3 With the grass being so tall in the general area of their dens I would not be able to find the dens until winter time. And anyway I definitively don't want to kill them. It is not there fault I suddenly got chickens. Should I even try to move them?
    4 I have a good-sized yard for the hens to live in that is completely predator proof, right now they free-range on acre, they would hate to be locked up, but I will do that whenever I am away at school or some other place. Does the newly found fox make it so that they have to be shut up in the pen?
    5 I don't have a roo, kinda don't want the fertilized eggs but if he would protect then it would help. I think I could also talk my parents into allowing me to pay for a goose. I am not sure though, but if I say it would help protect them they would probably say yes to the roo or goose or geese.
    Thank you for all of your answering a-head of time. I have no knowledge about foxes so I thought some of you would!
     
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  2. Dchicken207

    Dchicken207 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They will pick your chickens off one by one if you don't do something. You really have 3 options- 1.trap the fox and relocate( this is illegal in a lot of states), 2. elimanate it permanetly 3.never let your chickens free range. I lost my nicest chicken a couple of days ago in the yard. I was standing within 15ft of my flock when the fox ran out of the bushes and snagged one. I ran after the fox while it still had the chicken in its mouth.. they can run fast [​IMG]
     
  3. MeadowBrookFarm

    MeadowBrookFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    I agree -- if you've seen a fox, be wary about free ranging. We started out with the lovely idea of free ranging and enjoyed our chickens roaming the yard. That only lasted a few days because Mr. Fox showed up. From then on, we had to put an electric fence (from Premier Fencing) around a run area. It wasn't what I had hoped for, but once the fence was up, the fox got no more.
     
  4. yinepu

    yinepu Overrun With Chickens

    Chickens? WOW :

    1 With fourteen chickens, that are usually within seeing distance, or at least in groups of four will the fox eat them?
    2 I am unable to mow all of the tall grass (Some comes up to my shoulders!) but in the lower grass around the barn would it be worth it to mow it? I know that is what my neighbors do with their birdhouses to keep the cat from eating the birds.
    3 With the grass being so tall in the general area of their dens I would not be able to find the dens until winter time. And anyway I definitively don't want to kill them. It is not there fault I suddenly got chickens. Should I even try to move them?
    4 I have a good-sized yard for the hens to live in that is completely predator proof, right now they free-range on acre, they would hate to be locked up, but I will do that whenever I am away at school or some other place. Does the newly found fox make it so that they have to be shut up in the pen?
    5 I don't have a roo, kinda don't want the fertilized eggs but if he would protect then it would help. I think I could also talk my parents into allowing me to pay for a goose. I am not sure though, but if I say it would help protect them they would probably say yes to the roo or goose or geese.
    Thank you for all of your answering a-head of time. I have no knowledge about foxes so I thought some of you would!

    1: I had over 30 freerangers this spring.. I'm down to only a handful left.. fox got 90% of them.. she got our guinea right outside of my bedroom window after I chased her away from there twice
    2: a brazen fox doesn't care if you have tall grass or a well manicured lawn.. if chicken is on the menu and they are hungry or have kits to feed they can and have attacked in broad daylight
    3: move the foxes or the chickens?
    4: if you want to keep your birds alive and well..lock them up.. if you feel like you're just lucky.. go play the lottery! seriously.. why take the risk?
    5: My lovely lady fox who was providing for her family of kits has taken full grown Jersey Giant roosters and also adult ducks... birds don't stand a chance against a fox..​
     
  5. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    A fox killed both of my huge Pekin male ducks at 9:30 AM!! Was NOT a pretty sight and I did not have my gun with me at the time. The female duck they protected made it back to the pond. So sad! [​IMG]

    Lock your chickens up in a predator proof pen at night AND during the day or the fox will pick them off one by one and it is a terrible way to go for your chickens.
     
  6. puredelite

    puredelite Chillin' With My Peeps

    If you want to have chickens (or any poultry) you must have a secure pen and coop for them and if you wish to let them free-range be prepared for some losses from time to time. Since you have already spotted this fox near the chickens then his intentions are very clear and once he starts he will clean you out one by one. The fox must be eliminated just the same as any other predators. It does help by keeping vegetation cut down around your coop area as the predators are easier to spot and can't slip up on your chickens as easy. Forget the idea of a guard goose, it would just be another meal!
     
  7. bobbi-j

    bobbi-j Chicken Obsessed

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    Chickens? WOW :

    Hi I have 14 chickens that are just around 12 weeks old. I have had chickens only for a brief while, I have never had to deal with a predator. Now today there was a super huge thunderclap that scared me but also a black and tan fox. This fox had been hiding beyond our mowing area in tall grass. on our property. Now I have heard that foxes will wreck havoc on a chicken coop, I don't know exactly what to do. My chickens live in the barn at night in a secure coop within the barn so there is no problem of anything happening to them in there. BUT the barn is in the unmowed 2 acres. The barn is around 20 feet from the mowed area, and has pretty good clear space in front of it and around the sides because it has just been built. But on the way to the mowed area (where the chickens spend almost all their time) there are some tall grassy parts. I am just worried that the fox(es) will hide there and jump my chickens. So, if you could help answer my following questions that would be great!

    1 With fourteen chickens, that are usually within seeing distance, or at least in groups of four will the fox eat them?
    2 I am unable to mow all of the tall grass (Some comes up to my shoulders!) but in the lower grass around the barn would it be worth it to mow it? I know that is what my neighbors do with their birdhouses to keep the cat from eating the birds.
    3 With the grass being so tall in the general area of their dens I would not be able to find the dens until winter time. And anyway I definitively don't want to kill them. It is not there fault I suddenly got chickens. Should I even try to move them?
    4 I have a good-sized yard for the hens to live in that is completely predator proof, right now they free-range on acre, they would hate to be locked up, but I will do that whenever I am away at school or some other place. Does the newly found fox make it so that they have to be shut up in the pen?
    5 I don't have a roo, kinda don't want the fertilized eggs but if he would protect then it would help. I think I could also talk my parents into allowing me to pay for a goose. I am not sure though, but if I say it would help protect them they would probably say yes to the roo or goose or geese.
    Thank you for all of your answering a-head of time. I have no knowledge about foxes so I thought some of you would!

    1. Yes
    2. At least the chickens could see the fox coming and MIGHT have a chance to get away.
    3. No. As previously stated, it's probably illegal where you live. Are you trained in handling wild animals? If not, don't mess with them. If you want them gone, killing them is your only option.
    4. Yes, if you want to make sure they're safe. I don't think any pen or run is 100% safe, but it's definitely safer than free ranging.
    5. Neither a goose or rooster is a match for a fox. Once again, locking them up is your best option.​
     

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