Raccoons or Foxes?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by turducken, May 5, 2009.

  1. turducken

    turducken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have had the unfortunate experience with dealing with problem raccoons. I have noticed that when the raccoons would attack our birds they would bite the head off and pull feathers out. We have “retired” six raccoons now and I know others will usually move in. However we have recently lost a few older chickens. But this time the entire chicken is gone, not like we have seen with the raccoon attacks. I was wondering if this could be the work of a problem fox. Has anyone else noticed a difference with different predators or this just the work of a more experienced raccoon?
     
  2. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

    Mar 17, 2008
    Virginia
    We have a wily fox come around and sometimes it would take the whole bird and I'd find nothing at all or just a few feathers. Other times it would come and kill right there - it would bite the head off, consume the neck and leave the rest. Feathers would be everywhere. If I left the carcass, it would come back the next night and drag it off.

    I'm certain our problem predator was a fox because we bought a wildlife camera and caught pictures of it hanging around every night between midnight and 4am. Yesterday the Game warden told me I could use a leg hold trap and trap and shoot on my own property without penalty.

    Good luck!
     
  3. jwoodall

    jwoodall Out Of The Brooder

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    Racoons are THE worst predator!!! We thought a fox was getting a friends chickens, no possibly way racoon could get in the coup. Plus we 've been seeing a fox try to take the ducks. Couldn't find a hole anywhere. BUt every day their would be feathers everywhere and another chicken gone. I lent her my deer camera and we staged it inside with a chicken carcus left over from dinner tied to a rope and sure enough caught on tape!

    Good Luck!
     
  4. turducken

    turducken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good to know thanks for the info.
     
  5. 77horses

    77horses ◊The Spontaneous Pullet!◊

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    personally, we have never had problems with foxes or raccoons. We do have hawks and owls around, but haven't harmed any chickens yet. But in my opinion, weasels are TERRIBLE! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] They are sneaky, and all they do it kill the chicken and drink its blood. And they don't stop when they are full; usually kill all the chickens they can, then they just leave the leftovers. we had a problem with a weasel living UNDER the coop and it got 3 chickens(all of them, really, that we had. except for our two RIR roosters). [​IMG] Then, he strangely disappeared. [​IMG] Never saw him and it's been a little over a year now. We are still on the lookout, though. I think the hawk or owls got him...
     

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