Hen: 1 Foxes: 0 GO TEAM!!!!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by EggGardener, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. EggGardener

    EggGardener Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2009
    DH heard a strange noise the other day and looked out the window--there, in broad daylight on the deck, a fox had one of our hens pinned down with its front paws, and was tearing feathers out!! The strange noise was the fox trying to spit out the feathers, I think.
    He ran out, threw his hat at the fox (which didn't move an inch), then threw a rock at it, and it let go of the hen, which ran away, fast!!
    She is missing two patches of feathers, but its been a week and she is otherwise completely fine!!!
    Last edited: Apr 23, 2009
  2. pigcoon

    pigcoon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Wow it's great that she survived that attack!
  3. patyrdz

    patyrdz The Madd Hatcher

    Feb 26, 2009
    Southern Pines, NC
    oooo, foxes on the porch in the day!?! Get the gun!!!
  4. Chicks_N_Horses

    Chicks_N_Horses Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 30, 2009
    South Alabama
    Last year we had a moma fox come right by me and my husband sitting under a tree. There were some hens in the bushes scratching around and the fox didn't see us. It got within 10 feet of us headed for the hens before we scared her off.
  5. vortec

    vortec Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 29, 2009
    Martin County, NC
    Quote:Thats what I would reach for. Foxes are pretty if they are taxidermied( stuffed ) just not when they are attacking chickens, lol

  6. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    [​IMG] So true! Or a nicely tanned pelt.
  7. mmtillman

    mmtillman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Well...so much for ''assuming'' that my girls would be safe during the day. [​IMG]

    I had just assumed that the foxes living in the old barn behind us would do all their hunting at night and would never be so bold as to attack during the broad daylight!! [​IMG]
    Glad you posted this , so I will know not to assume to know the behavior of predators !!! Thanks!! Glad your hen got away!!
  8. Pop

    Pop Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 13, 2009
    Last year while mowing my lawn I noticed a coyote about 50' away in the nearby field catching mice. I shut the mower off to watch but the coyote starting paying attention to me. As soon as I started the mower again he went back to mousing catching. I left the mower running and retrieved the 12 gauge. Daytime they "mouse" night time they like chicken. One less chicken thief.
  9. EggGardener

    EggGardener Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2009
    A neighbors' dog had been roaming around at night for the past week. We think that the fox, unable to hunt normally, got desperate. Either that or it was rabid. If it had grabbed the chicken and ran the other way, towards the woods, we never would have known.
    It was strange that it ran towards the house w/the chicken....and good luck for her!
  10. EggGardener

    EggGardener Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 8, 2009
    I agree about the gun--but who hangs out on a sunny afternoon with a loaded shotgun at the ready? It was so unexpected. Rocks did the trick.

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