Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by sidney, May 6, 2011.

  1. sidney

    sidney Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 31, 2009
    Lost my first chicken to a fox today. It killed my chicken in the middle of the day. I have an acre lot and a park behind it. I found my 8 chickens all crowded together up against the house. I looked up the hill and I saw a fox eating my chicken. I could see red so I knew it was too late. I yelled at it and it ran off. I walked up the hill and before I could get there, the fox came back and took the chicken and pulled it through the fence.
    My chickens have been free ranging for 2 years. I guess I've been lucky. I locked up my girls and let my German Sheperd out up the hill. Hopefully he'll mark up the area and scare the fox. I can't leave him with the chickens because he chases them and grabs them.
    I plan on putting up another fence closer to their coop so they can't roam so far.
    Any other suggestions?
    I thought predators hunt in the late afternoon or evenings.[​IMG]
  2. Hoss1975

    Hoss1975 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 14, 2011
    north central Indiana
    When they are feeding kits they will hunt any time of day
  3. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Stay alert because this fox will be back. He/she is feeding kits and the demands for food are high. As Hoss mentioned they are hunting full time right now.
  4. YYZ

    YYZ Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2010
    I was coming home the other nite , it was dark...and i saw a fox run across the street right by my house with a small cat in its mouth ! I immediately ran out back to check on my hens. They were untouched in their house. [​IMG]
  5. Bizzybirdy

    Bizzybirdy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2008
    North of Nashville
    A fox killed my two male Peking ducks at 9:30 AM. It was rainy out. I, too, thought they only came out before dawn. WRONG! [​IMG]
  6. pinkyglory123

    pinkyglory123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2010
    Agreed-when feeding kits all bets are off. We have a fox year round that we see off in the distance. usually dusk or dawn. We lose an occassional bird but mostly to racoon which fortunately are easy to catch. Thursday morning around 730 AM I drove up and spotted a fox way down at the bottom of the field. In the barnyard-two dead hens. On foot in our barnyard I almost ran in to a large fox running in my direction chasing one of my hens. I yelled and waved and he was about 20 feet away and running at me before he turned off. Total lost-two pullets, three hens. We have always co-existed with this fox pair and accepted the occassional loss of one bird at a time. This big dog fox has gotten way too comfortable with people and will be dispatched next time we are able to. ALLWAYS lock your hens up at night-for me this means a extra trip to the farm around 8 PM but if not we suffer BIG losses and the hens-well they suffer most. Generally we lose our biggest hens-we have a spitzhauben that has survived two attacks although injured. Our newest chicks are hamburgs, dark cornish and fayoumi. (too lazy to spellcheck) who have a reputation for being excellent free range. I also have invested in electric poultry netting-we may not use it all the time but probably will during kitting time and for the youngsters. Spring is definitely the worst time for losses.
  7. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:preds do not care what time of the day it is it is mostly minimum human activity
  8. Tambo26

    Tambo26 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 28, 2011
    Orrington, MAINE
    I caught our Fox on video in my front yard yesterday. Ironically, my chicks were delivered today. Do you think the fox knows?[​IMG]
  9. theFox

    theFox Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    Quote:And if they are really hungry or feeding young they don't usually give a hoot about having humans around and will take their prey in front of you advancing on them.
  10. darkmatter

    darkmatter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    A cure for Fox ills-----


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