mystery ???

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by esther5, Dec 15, 2016.

  1. esther5

    esther5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am sick of foxes and spend hundreds of pounds trying to protect my chickens. yesterday i found one looking very sorry for itself and not able to balance. i have discovered to my horror she has lost a leg. i can't see how. the coop is attached to a run and is stillfirmly attached. there is a small gap between the two but hard to inagine a fox fitting it's nose through.

    have fed bathed and watered the chicken but i expect she will not recover. the fox comes daily to the coop to have a look. i have never noticed any other preditor and cant see how the fox achieved this.
     
  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used to have a lot of problems with
    Foxes when I used to free range my laying hens.
    I then orderd an eletric fence off maceoin in Ireland and
    My hens have been safe for the past 7 years.
    I haven't lost a hen to a fox,mink,pinemartin since and my house
    Is surrounded by forestry,
    They come in 50 meters or 25 meters
    Here is a link to maceoins website where they have the fences. (you can change the currency to pounds)
    https://www.maceoinltd.com/electric-fencing/chicken-fencing-netting/
    Right now I have the 50 meter which is huge.
    When they say 50 meter they mean 50 meter long rolled out
    But you need to make a square/rectangle with the fence.
    There so good I even orderd another one!
     
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  3. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you have raccoons over there? Something like that would be able to grab at a leg and try to pull the hen through the fence.

    I'm so sorry for your hen! Is everyone else safe and accounted for?
     
  4. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is no raccoons in Ireland.
    So I am guessing there are none in England
     
  5. esther5

    esther5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    thank you. no, no racoons wild here. everyone else seems fine. what worries me is i've no idea how it happened. there are no holes on the coop or run. poor chicken.
     
  6. esther5

    esther5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hi
    i used to live 15 miles away and free ranged my chickens for sereral years. then we began to have fox problems and i invested in a fox busting electric fence which kept them safe. i then moved house and was delighted because we are enclosed by 6 ft fencing. i hadn't known foxes could climb fences. the electric fence no longer worked. the fox managed to jump it and the wire fence nect to it. i them paid a lot of money for a walk in enclosure. great in the summer but waterlogged in winter and utterly disgusting so i spent a few more hundred on a coop for winter.

    i am so discouraged. i can't imagine how anyone even breaks even. i dont do it for economical reasons, just pleasure, but a chicken with it's leg ripped off is no pleasure...
     
  7. esther5

    esther5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    guess i should be thankful it is just one. usually a successful fox attack decimates the flock.
     
  8. shortgrass

    shortgrass Overrun With Chickens

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    No, I can imagine not :(

    I don't know that you can do much for her besides a warm quiet place and fresh water. If you have some blood stop powder it could help, but she's likely going to go into shock. They're string though, so don't count her out. I had one lose a wing and recover just fine, minus the wing...

    I'm having a hard time imagining a fox getting through a small hole like that, or even being able to grab and pull a chicken hard enough to rip her poor leg off, unless she had her leg out if the fence to begin with. That's why I asked about the coons. Maybe another small predator like a weasel or a cat if some sort, that would be able to grab and have enough strength to hold on...

    I'm sorry, I'm not familiar with all the possible predators your direction. :(

    Oh! But I can suggest electrifying your run. It might help.. I missed where you stated it didn't work anymore...shorting out?
     
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  9. esther5

    esther5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    the electric fence worked just fine. the foxes where i live now are far more determined and just jump it. i had a top make electric fence. now they are fully enclosed. thanks for replying.
     
  10. esther5

    esther5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    she is inside. did eat and drink earlier. has been bathed and put to bed in a box. we will see how she does. i thought she was dead this morning but is a bit perkier now. she was dirty so i guess infection could set in.
     

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