RIP girls

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Ice

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RIP girls
« on: January 23, 2014, 18:04 »
My first ever fox attack has taken place and I have lost my girls. :(  This was a safe area, fox free for years, but they know about it now.  All I could do is to warn my neighbours as they have lots of hens, oh, and give them my spare hen food.

They are only following their instincts, but I can't help hating them with a passion. :(
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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #1 on: January 23, 2014, 18:09 »
 :(  I'm sorry Ice  :(

Not the fox's fault but a nasty shock for you  >:(

Are you going to get some more hens ?
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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #2 on: January 23, 2014, 18:18 »
How awful! How did you foxproof - did an electric fence fail or something like that?
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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2014, 20:25 »
very tragic and upsetting  :(

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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #4 on: January 23, 2014, 20:29 »
Awww Ice, so sorry to hear about your girls. 

Like you say the Fox is only doing what comes naturally, but very upsetting for you  :( :(

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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #5 on: January 23, 2014, 20:52 »
Really sorry to hear your news Ice  :( 

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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #6 on: January 23, 2014, 20:58 »
Thanks for the replies.  I had only minimal foxproofing because my next door neighbour has had free range hens in their garden for over 25 years without any problem.  If I get some more they will live in the hen equivalent of Fort Knox, and my neighbours now have to rethink their security too.

Right now, I can't imagine getting any more as I still have to clear away the aftermath of last night.  But, knowing me, it wont be too long before I start building Chickenopolis mark 2. :) :( :)

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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #7 on: January 23, 2014, 20:59 »
Good on'yer, Ice :D

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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #8 on: January 23, 2014, 21:02 »
I feel for you, Ice.

Our local chicken club's birds, having been flooded out, were then destroyed by a fox / foxes.

Hope you can get up and going again soon -- you must miss them dreadfully  :( :(
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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #9 on: January 23, 2014, 21:11 »
I keep looking out the window expecting to see them and in the supermarket I went to buy them some cabbage, then remembered. :(

Going to dismantle and burn the old hen house at the weekend weather permitting.  It might take a while but I will get some more.


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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #10 on: January 23, 2014, 21:43 »
Sorry to hear about your loss, i had to rehome mine because of moving house and was suprised how many times a day you think chickeny thoughts when they are gone.

Like you  a new flock will be got as soon as possible. :)

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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #11 on: January 23, 2014, 22:33 »
Sad new Ice Sorry
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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #12 on: January 24, 2014, 08:50 »
Oh sorry to hear about the visit from the fox,I lost just 1 to a fox & I was so upset & angry,there'd been  a misunderstanding between hubby & me about whether the flap had been shut.  Hope you get some more when you are ready.
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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #13 on: January 24, 2014, 09:36 »
Sorry to hear what has happened - very shocking and upsetting.

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Re: RIP girls
« Reply #14 on: January 24, 2014, 10:24 »
That is really horrible Ice - my OH actually saw a fox climbing the fence into our run one day - it grabbed one hen and was away before OH could do anything. The run now resembles Colditz.



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