Fox story -- happy ending

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by kelleysue, Dec 30, 2014.

  1. kelleysue

    kelleysue Hatching

    Dec 30, 2014
    I let my 3 Welsh Harlequin ducks out to free range a little this morning around 7:40. I sat down with a cup of tea inside where I can watch them -- that has been my morning routine since I am on vacation. I heard and saw a little wing flapping, looked up and saw a fox menacing one of the ducks. I was outside in seconds, yelling my head off! He began to carry her off, but ended up leaving her and running off.

    I could tell she wasn't hurt too bad but thought she might have been bit. I called around and found a vet and made an appointment for tonight. They told me I could bring her earlier if I needed to. I went out and caught her and looked at her and I actually don't see a scratch on her.

    Mostly just sharing! Interested in opinions on whether I should keep the vet appointment or not. I am going to be a lot more careful of my girls knowing that there is a fox in the area who knows exactly where they are and doesn't mind hunting in the daylight quite close to the house.
  2. RikkiMarie

    RikkiMarie In the Brooder

    I would still keep the appointment just in case. To the naked eye you might not see any damage, but you never know if there could be something going on that your eye can't see. Better play it safe! I know it might sound like a waste of money, but it doesn't hurt to check. Good luck!
  3. RonP

    RonP Crowing

    I have much experience dealing with fox.

    It will be patient but relentless as long as there is a meal.
  4. Jajika

    Jajika Songster

    Dec 24, 2007
    Northern California
    Once a predator knows there is food, they will keep coming back. Best to have your tea outside! Or, only let them free range when you can be outside with them. I have the same problem with hawks.

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