Fox Problem

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Mr chicken dude, Aug 15, 2011.

  1. Mr chicken dude

    Mr chicken dude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At around 4:00AM I heard the chickens going crazy so I go out to look and by chicken pen it had took a huge glob of feathers out of my mixed breed bantam that was sleeping against the cage and the wire was all bent and pulled out. I lost a Buff Orpington 2 days ago and thought it was a hawk or dog.

    I had used a spotlight and shined it down into the field and saw it run into the woods.


    I know I have fox I have a pic of it on my Game Camera.

    Here's the pic.

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    Am I able to live trap it.
     
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2011
  2. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    If you didn't see the predator and given your description of the wire being pulled out, I would be more inclined to think you culprit is a raccoon. They are notorious for pulling birds through the wire.
     
  3. Invictus

    Invictus New Egg

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    you will be able to live trap a raccoon, a fox will be very difficult
     
  4. Mr chicken dude

    Mr chicken dude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I used a spotlight and was able to see it run into the woods. Sorry I forgot to add that in my post.
     
  5. jojo@rolling acres farm

    jojo@rolling acres farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had a fox issue about 2 years ago. It finally died of mange - thank, goodness. They are hard to trap and hard to shoot. I saw it attempt to get to my silkies at 4 p.m. one Sunday afternoon. Two weeks later it took one of my bantum hens. He pulled it through a chain link fence - again in the afternoon. My dogs are gentle around my chikens so the hen didn't move away from the cage wire quickly enough I guess.
     
  6. suki'smom

    suki'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wild foxes tend to be wire shy so your best bet would be to set out a paw trap or snare. If you are set on a live trap use the really big ones (like for coyotes or bobcats) and disguise the wire well with pine branches or something similar.
     
  7. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    if it is a grey fox they are easy to catch a red will be a little more of a challange google drift fencing for some intresting reading that should be able to get you started
     
  8. Redcatcher

    Redcatcher Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree that foxes are naturally very shy and wary, but from my own experiences, and reading about others', they can get really bold. Some will chase a chicken right up onto the porch in broad daylight. The one that I trapped didn't think twice about crawling right into a small pet crate to try to grab Silkie hen that was in there (the hen wasn't harmed).
     
  9. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    If you can find it's travel route a snare will work quite well.
     
  10. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:X2 if you go where your yard ends and the woods start this is a good place to start or where your yard ends and a field starts
     

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