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Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by sunbonnetchick, Jul 11, 2016.
6 chickens attacked and gone between 0800-1100 am, right next to house. Was it a fox?
Hard to say without knowing where you live.
Perhaps some are hiding. A fox usually only takes one bird.
Could it be a pair of foxes with younger kits or with older kits being taught to hunt?
It's just rare for 6 grown birds to just disappear. There are usually remains. A fox can only fit one bird in its mouth at a time. Perhaps a pack of dogs.
I would be hoping some of the birds to return after their trauma subsides.
If a fox came to get one the rest may have gotten scared and ran off
More information is definitely heeded. Pictures of your setup, tracks, holes ripped or dug, condition of any remains you find. 6 entire birds are a lot for one attack unless your dealing with multiple animals or something bringing birds back to a den.
A fox WILL take more than one bird in an attack. I lost 9 out of 11 in one, and 7 in another. Both were daytime attacks.
6 chickens gone...daytime, and no mention of remains being found....
With just that small little bit of information, it's a bit difficult to nail it down. So as a guess I'd say you have a Vixen, with kits that she's feeding.
She'll be back though...again and again.
Were your birds free range, in a run?
A fox will take more than one bird. They typically will kill a bird and then take the body off a little ways and leave it. Then they go back and kill other birds and repeat until all are gone or they get spooked. We had a fox attack three weeks ago. It took 5 of my chickens. We had feathers all over the yard. It is terrible and I'm so sorry for your loss.