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    All But One Of My Chickens Killed By A Fox This Morning

    Just been woke by my wife to the news that she'd shooed a fox away from the coop, but in those couple of minutes it had killed all but one of my birds. My little daughter is devastated!! I thought my run was like Fort Knox, but the little get had dug a tunnel under the concrete slabs to get in.

    So much devastation and all it took was the head of one of them and killed the rest for fun.

    Up to this point I was your typical towny that thought foxes were cute. Now I could quite easily shoot the lot of them!!

    One year of bringing them on from chicks and hand feeding them, to now one solitary scared bird.

    Don't know what to do now.

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    OMG! I am so sorry to hear that. The fact that the fox has only done it for fun and not as a food source is terrible. Hugs for your poor daughter xx

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    Sorry to hear that. Foxes are vermin though and something similar happened to someone close to me.

    Ended up setting a trap for the fox and killing it with a pitch fork. Seemed to help.

    FilthAndFurry;5423110

    Ended up setting a trap for the fox and killing it with a pitch fork. … Ended up setting a trap for the fox and killing it with a pitch fork. Seemed to help.



    That usually works! :thumbsup:

    Im Not In Favour Of Ending The Life Of Animals Even In Anger I Would Put My Anger Into Making A Truley Fox Proof Coop,try Flagging The Perimmiter Or Making A Moat Of Shale Until You Catch The Pest

    lol, the circle of life

    We had ducks the foxes got them to! Like yours they took the heads off,must be a way of killing them! Horrible I know. They were got at before 5pm in the evening, so they are not just abut at night. Hope you get over the horrible shock. and your daughter.

    Poor you. We had 4 chickens and one was whisked away from us one sunny afternoon. We think it was a fox but as we never actually saw it and there was a hawk in the area.... Anyway after all the tears and 'I wishes', we went out and got 2 more, so now we have 5. VERY careful with them now! Especially this time of the year when cubs are being born and vixens are looking for easy food. Lay a heavy netted wire 'skirt' around your pen. The foxes dig where they find a vertical edge, so end up trying to dig through the wire skirt which is hopefully impossible. Make sure it's secure. Not had any more problems since but we are careful and now have a dog as well.

    He will come back for the last one tonight, so you had better make sure your coup is foxproof.
    The same thing happened to us years ago and now we keep our chickens in concrete sheds with solid wooden doors, at night.
    I am so sorry this has happened to your family, it is devastating to find most of your animals dead due to a fox, my heart goes out to you and your family xx

    sophie***;5423192

    He will come back for the last one tonight, so you had better make sure … He will come back for the last one tonight, so you had better make sure your coup is foxproof.The same thing happened to us years ago and now we keep our chickens in concrete sheds with solid wooden doors, at night.I am so sorry this has happened to your family, it is devastating to find most of your animals dead due to a fox, my heart goes out to you and your family xx



    if he is going to come back for the rest other tonight, make sure you are there waiting.

    i have pictures in my head of Bunce, Bean and Boggis waiting for Fantastic Mr Fox on the hill.


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    We keep bantams and have dropped chicken wire 10" down (below surface) around perimeter of the coop. Regarding the comment of the fox doing it for fun, they don't. Their vision makes thedm think that they are killing the same chicken. They just keep seeing it move so kill it. Not for a foxy laugh. Don't give up on keeping them and replace them ASAP mate. Good luck

    so sorry to hear this. I don't like to hear of any animals being killed. nor the fox.
    I have had rabbits killed by dogs.so i agree with what a couple of other posters said, make the pen even more secure.
    good luck.

    This happened to me last September I was heartbroken as the chickens were my pets. The fox left two birds but came back the following night for them. Unbeknown to us the cockerel had survied the attack and was found in a garden and then taken to an animal sanctuary. We brought him home and actually bricked up the entrance to the coop. sadly that night the fox actually moved all the bricks out to get at the cockerel. He now visits now and again to see if we have any more chickens for his dinner.

    raptorcigs;5423130

    Im Not In Favour Of Ending The Life Of Animals Even In Anger I Would Put … Im Not In Favour Of Ending The Life Of Animals Even In Anger I Would Put My Anger Into Making A Truley Fox Proof Coop,try Flagging The Perimmiter Or Making A Moat Of Shale Until You Catch The Pest



    :thumbsup:

    My rabbits were eaten by foxes, all over our lawn...not a pretty sight to wake up to.

    They got in the same way, the best way we keep them out of the hutch is to raise it off of the ground, a bit difficult with chickens I know, but maybe you could shut them up/in just of an evening.

    Sorry to hear of it, but I really don't think they killed for fun, it's wildlife survival. I think the fox would have been terrified coming so close to your home, the fact is their homes and natural habitat are being demolished too.

    PaulandSharon;5423227

    We keep bantams and have dropped chicken wire 10" down (below surface) … We keep bantams and have dropped chicken wire 10" down (below surface) around perimeter of the coop. Regarding the comment of the fox doing it for fun, they don't. Their vision makes thedm think that they are killing the same chicken. They just keep seeing it move so kill it. Not for a foxy laugh. Don't give up on keeping them and replace them ASAP mate. Good luck



    Indeed, facts of life :thumbsup:

    Soz to hear about chickens, have had friends lose theirs and so did we when we were younger. My mum always told us the fox needed the chickens more than we did :-(

    Aww...so sorry to hear!
    On our coop, we have slabs around the outside, and on the inside I have some large beams/rocks buried under the wood....
    Kinda like this...

    http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/birdyboyuk/Picture1-2.jpg

    http://i37.photobucket.com/albums/e90/birdyboyuk/Chicken%20House/th_15032008412.jpg

    Apparantly, if you urinate around the perimeter, this will keep foxes away! If true, I have no idea...may be worth a try?

    raptorcigs;5423130

    Im Not In Favour Of Ending The Life Of Animals Even In Anger I Would Put … Im Not In Favour Of Ending The Life Of Animals Even In Anger I Would Put My Anger Into Making A Truley Fox Proof Coop,try Flagging The Perimmiter Or Making A Moat Of Shale Until You Catch The Pest



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    wow never realise so many people kept chickens,its not allowed where i stay and i own my house,sorry to hear of your loss and never realzed the bit about a foxes vision so it didnt do it for fun,i actually have a fox that visits me every night and i feed it.its not the foxes fault tho its just nature and remember they are in our towns because weve destroyed where they stayed by building houses there

    so was you going to eat these chickens anyway?

    Thats horrible stefor:x, same thing happened to my sister last month, dont kill for food, just for the fun of it, hope you have one of there ready for them:thumbsup:

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    extra bread sauce needed today then lol

    seriously though sad news

    they don't do it for fun. do you think they plan it?

    ti's no differen't from a dog chasng,killing cats. cats killing mice,birds. They just do.

    Toe out the base of your frame 1 ft, although the photograph shows it shouldn't have had an easy time.

    nature


    not the nicest lesson for a bairn to learn, but a lesson nonetheless


    i wouldn't go making the fox out to be the devil though.

    pghstochaj;5423564

    Toe out the base of your frame 1 ft, although the photograph shows it … Toe out the base of your frame 1 ft, although the photograph shows it shouldn't have had an easy time.



    I think the photo you are referring to is my setup? :?

    birdyboyuk;5424021

    I think the photo you are referring to is my setup? :?



    Yes, sorry, I didn't realise it was a separate photo, I saw reference to slabs in the OP and thought it was the same

    Can't you jut shoot the fox ?

    ChrisUK;5424081

    Can't you jut shoot the fox ?



    Of course there is only one fox in the world that would ever consider trying for these chickens...!

    If they have a bit of land, you can get people to shoot them all for free, regularly for you

    Original Poster

    Thanks all for your kind words. Been in the garden trying to sort something out so the fox doesn't come back and take this last one later tonight. We've now changed her name to "LUCKY", so hopefully she'll survive! She was that scared this morning we brought her into the kitchen and she had a crap and her unformed egg fell out as well.

    Decided to slip some heavy gauge chicken mesh under the concrete base of the interwoven fencing, so there'll be a skirt all the way around the coop of atleast 12 inches. I'll also put paving stones on top of this skirt.

    You never think it would happen to you, until it does. :x

    Cheers All
    Steve

    ChrisUK;5424081

    Can't you jut shoot the fox ?



    pretty sure it is illegal to shoot foxes

    stefor;5424267

    She was that scared this morning we brought her into the kitchen and she … She was that scared this morning we brought her into the kitchen and she had a crap and her unformed egg fell out as well.



    I shouldn't laugh, but I lol-ed.

    There's been some good suggestions here though so take them on board Good luck.

    Awful,likely fox got our rabbit a couple weeks back,still sad over it,went into garden yesterday for 1st time since the bunny was buried,haven't been able to face going out there till yesterday.
    Had to hang out washing,had 4 loads yesterday,been someone else here to do it either cos my partner off work for holiday or days off or my Mum did it a few times and I put it off for aslong as I could.

    Oh yeh,you should get some more to keep her company maybe,she'll be lonely on her own.

    hi
    you need to bury your chicken wire around the run at least 2 foot down, that way the fox can't dig a hole and get in. sorry to hear about your hens, i would be devastated if that happened to mine

    milly2306;5424736

    hiyou need to bury your chicken wire around the run at least 2 foot down, … hiyou need to bury your chicken wire around the run at least 2 foot down, that way the fox can't dig a hole and get in. sorry to hear about your hens, i would be devastated if that happened to mine



    And toe it out, that way even if he does get down that far, he won't be able to dig further

    boothy;5424280

    pretty sure it is illegal to shoot foxes



    lol, they are vermin & can be shot legally. I know a few people who do on FAC & SGC licenses

    oh sweetie, I'm so sorry, my heart goes out to your little girl x

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    Saw two little fox cubs at work last night such beautiful animals

    lumoruk;5428376

    Saw two little fox cubs at work last night such beautiful animals



    they are gorgeous, have you seen the mum?

    I looked out the window a few nights ago and saw one.

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