Fox?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by sunbonnetchick, Jul 11, 2016.

  1. sunbonnetchick

    sunbonnetchick New Egg

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    6 chickens attacked and gone between 0800-1100 am, right next to house. Was it a fox?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    Hard to say without knowing where you live.
    Perhaps some are hiding. A fox usually only takes one bird.
     
  3. BabyandCotton

    BabyandCotton Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Could it be a pair of foxes with younger kits or with older kits being taught to hunt?
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  4. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe True BYC Addict

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    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.
     
  5. CaitlinM

    CaitlinM Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If a fox came to get one the rest may have gotten scared and ran off
     
  6. Urlec

    Urlec Out Of The Brooder

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    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.
     
  7. JackE

    JackE Overrun With Chickens

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    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.
     
  8. Rock Home Isle

    Rock Home Isle Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
     
  9. Lisa Wood

    Lisa Wood Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Were your birds free range, in a run?
     
  10. chickentvforme

    chickentvforme Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
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