revenge of the chickens LOL

pidgey104

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You have got to see this.

Murder most fowl: Three hens and cockerel named Dude peck fox to death after it breaks into coopBy Luke Salkeld
Last updated at 10:24 AM on 03rd March 2010

Being chickens, they probably didn't put too much thought into it.
But somehow a flock of four birds managed to kill a fox that had slunk into their pen hoping to gobble them up.
Their owner Michelle Cordell, 43, had the shock of her life when she went to collect the eggs on the weekend and instead found a heavily pecked pile of fur lying dead in the corner.
Dude the cockerel was the ringleader who turned the tables on a sly fox who broke into his coop
She said: 'I was shocked. When I opened up the door, the chickens came running out, happy as anything.
'I went inside and the fox was laying there. I've never heard of anything like this before. It's like revenge of the chickens.'
The family, of Basildon, Essex, have in the past lost a hen and a cockerel to foxes, so are well aware of the danger the animals pose.
And so, it seems, are their chickens.

The bloody aftermath after the chickens pecked the fox to death
This time, the marauder was a relatively young fox - and no match for the new cockerel Dude and his hens Izzy, Pongo and Pecky.
Miss Cordell has no doubt it is Dude who was the ringleader in the murder.
She said she had shut the sliding door of the coop when she put the chickens to bed on Friday night, but the fox must have nosed his way under. When she went out on Saturday morning, the door was still shut.

The little table in the corner of the coop, which the chickens perch on, had been kicked over and was lying next to the fox's head.
The dead fox was knocked out by a table before being pecked to death
It appeared to have fallen on him and knocked him out, leaving him an easy target for the beaks of the chickens.
Miss Cordell said she thinks they finished off the young fox with pecking as 'it had little blood marks on its legs. It had not been dead long'.
The table falling down could have been part of an elaborate plot hatched by the brood - but was more likely the lucky result of frantic squawking,flapping and running about.

Miss Cordell, who lives with partner Gary Howell, 45, and daughters Maddi, eight, and Ruby 13, began keeping chickens last summer because Maddi begged her to.
Michelle Cordell with girls Ruby, 13, Maddi, 8, and dude the fox killing rooster
They lost their first two before Christmas, and were left with just Dude and Izzy, both a speckled variety.
Pongo and Pecky, both Rhode Island Reds, joined them a month ago.

'The fox was not a cub but it was only a young one and Dude and Izzy are big birds,' she said.
'It looks like the fox bit off more than he could chew this time.
'I reared Dude from a tiny little chick and he has become very protective of the others.
'He thinks he is human and chases our dogs around the garden, pecking them.
'Now he is a murderer.'


Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...peck-fox-death-broken-coop.html#ixzz0h8uWq7m9
 

GlitterKitty

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Wow!
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There lucky they've got Dude..
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chicken_china_mom

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I really believe that how a chicken is raised will determine how much fear it really has. My birds are around cats and dogs all the time, and they do not run from them. My next door neighbor keeps outdoor cats and even when they were chicks inside the house, I have cats inside, as well as my dogs, and right from the moment they arrived at my house they had interaction with other species, and once they moved outside, I got to witness their fearlessness first hand. I had thrown out some scraps for my birds as they were freeranging, and a few of my neighbor's cats saw this and also came running. She doesn't feed them enough and they are always hungry, and they saw me tossing spaghetti out and thought it was a free meal for them too. Well, my chickens didn't want to share, lol. Two cats came over, completely ignoring the birds as they usually do, and went straight for the noodles only to get a sharp peck in the head by several of my birds, and then they were chased right back to their house, lol. From the edge of my lawn they looked on in hunger, too afraid to approach the chickens again, lol. After that I started putting a bowl of food out for her cats, on the edge of my yard and AWAY from my birds so they couldn't get hurt again, and so that the birds didn't steal the dry cat food on them! My main concern is with a family that lives just outside of town, but within walking distance (our town is REALLY small!). They keep these massive dogs that are some sort of wolf/sheperd or coyote/sheperd hybrid. I am 5 ft 8 and the one that is a known chicken killer comes up past my waist, and he's still growing! He killed 15 of my neighbor's birds in one night, pulled them right thought the chicken wire, and he showed up in town one afternoon while I had my birds out freeranging. I caught him watching my birds from behind my neighbor's pine tree. My chickens saw the dog and thought they would intimidate the dog! I made my younger daughter chase the birds back into the coop while my older daughter and I caught the dog and took him home. Scary moment, but I didn't lose any birds. But like I said before, how much fear a bird really has depends on how they were raised. Mine probably thought the dog was just like the dogs in my house, and they could bully it. The dog clearly had other plans in mind. He didn't get a chicken dinner that night, or any other night for that matter! How brave of little Dude to defend his hens like that I think any of my roos would do the same if pushed to it. I think using the term "chicken" is a bit of an oxymoron! I think they are very brave creatures!
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