Fox - The smartest predator

duong02743

Hatching
5 Years
Apr 15, 2014
2
0
7
On April 10, 2014, a fox entered my back yard killed my most favorite RI red rooster, 5 heavy egg laying leghorns and 2 red stars. The chickens were free range, so that was easy for the fox to raid. I placed all the rest of the chickens in their 10x10 coop with 10x10 enclosed run to wait for a free day so I could make the run bigger for them. The fox came back , she climbed about 6 feet height and entered a 10" x 24" on top of the run door to kill another egg laying duck. The fox ,somehow, killed the duck and retrieved out the run with the duck - I found the body of the duck about 20 feet away from the door. I closed that hole, secured the top to hope for that was the last raid of this fox. Not too long, this morning I came out to check out my flock. This fox again got on the top of the run, opened a hole to enter the run, she again killed 2 more red stars and 2 ducks . I still don't understand how this fox could get out the enclosed run with a small open on top.
Now I have to close the coop with chickens and a lonely left over duck inside until I secure the run. This fox is smart.
Thanks everyone for reading this post.
 

jaytoddmartin

In the Brooder
5 Years
Apr 4, 2014
18
2
23
What state are you located in ? I've seen a foxes out during the day over the past few weeks here in Southern Indiana.
 

JackE

Crowing
9 Years
Apr 26, 2010
2,325
726
271
North Eastern Md.
They are VERY persistent. They will dig in and under a regular type fence, after you fix the top of your run. Electrified poultry net was the answer here. Easy to set up, and surround a much larger area for far less $$$ than a wood framed hardware clothed fenced run. I lost many to the fox before I got this fence. One of the best things I've done, as far as the chickens are concerned.
 

gander007

Crowing
6 Years
Oct 9, 2013
15,521
1,311
446
South Western Death Valley, Ca.
My history with the fox is about the same big time loss and only
an electric fence or a really heave fence will keep them out and
fencing berried into the ground and a heave enough wire that
it's teeth will brake before getting in and chicken wire will not
work to keep a fox out ...

Very clever animal and if you can use traps I would get some
as they can be trapped but it takes a bit of learning and the
only way I could get one into a box trap was to put a chicken
on the other side in it's own wire cage for safety and then
stacked fire wood all around booth traps so there was only one
way in and I watched the fox and it took two days before he
decided to go in and get the chicken but not his best decision ..
 

nab58

Songster
6 Years
Mar 28, 2013
948
73
151
CT
I had a fox run out from the woods enclosing my yard and jump one of my 6 hens right in front of me. I screamed and the fox ran off inthe opposite direction. He hasn't been back to my knowledge. Our coop is very secure and I haven't seen any indication of predator activity. I only let my hens free range when I'm outside with them, otherwise I think I'd lose them all within a week. Hawks are everywhere too.
We live in NW CT.
 
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