I think its a fox

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by midget_farms, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    In the last 3 days I've lost 2 hens. 1 aracauna & 1 buff orp.

    There were tiny dog footprints in the snow leading up to & away from the pile of feathers.

    I know how to deal with coon's & what not. A fox is a different story - will a fox go into a live trap? I wouldn't want to kill him - but somethings gotta give. The hens are locked up tight at night (footprints around the coop too) so he had to have grabbed them during the day.

    Footprints are way to small for a neighbor dog - they are all HUGE & never mess with the chickens. Has to be a fox.
     
  2. chkn

    chkn Chillin' With My Peeps

    1,664
    10
    131
    Jun 27, 2010
    Foxes love the daytime knab.
     
  3. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    I think the fox is too smart to go into the live trap though.

    What do I do about him?

    I'd rather not shoot him - coons are one thing, but a fox is different - I'd rather relocate to across the river.
     
  4. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,799
    13
    209
    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2010
  5. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    4,247
    258
    291
    May 18, 2009
    Brooksville
    We had a fox problem for a while. We never could trap him - he was too smart! We kept the chickens in their covered run for several weeks and I guess the fox moved on because we never saw him again.
     
  6. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,799
    13
    209
    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Quote:that or a trapper close by caught him and moved it on
     
  7. midget_farms

    midget_farms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 15, 2008
    Dunlap Illinois
    Its trapping season now. I guess if I cn catch him someone would want the fur.
     
  8. aprophet

    aprophet Chillin' With My Peeps

    3,799
    13
    209
    Jan 12, 2010
    chesapeake Va.
    Google "dirt hole set" or " flat set" fox are not that hard to catch bait works that or a food type lure
     
  9. Lofty Dreams

    Lofty Dreams Chillin' With My Peeps

    728
    6
    131
    Apr 9, 2010
    Minnesota
    he might come back
     
  10. mychookschick

    mychookschick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 28, 2009
    Maine
    I have a fox problem too.... And have been told by plenty of people (here on BYC and elsewhere) that it is impossible to trap a fox. I watch out ofr him and when he comes sneaking around I holler at him and hope to have a .22 in my hands! I have yet to get him but one time, if I had had another 1/2 a second, he would have been dead!! Annoying little bugger!!

    I haven't seen him for awhile but I'm currently fighting a WEASEL!! UGH!!
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by