Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.

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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #435 on: July 22, 2012, 16:45 »
Thank god the winter is over again and we can enjoy the lovely weather with our chooks, but still be on guard guys, my neighbor lost a lot of chooks to foxes last summer.  :(
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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #436 on: July 22, 2012, 19:51 »
foxes are around all the time and not just winter. Once they know that you have chickens they will visit and not just the once - they will come back again in a few days. Mink are no different - after having had 3 mink attacks last year my hens no longer free range - I managed to find it's larder in the middle of the field next to us which contained 6 of my birds  :(
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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #437 on: July 22, 2012, 20:18 »
Sorry to hear that joyfull  :(

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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #438 on: July 22, 2012, 21:20 »
That is awfull joyfull.  Have you managed to trap any yet?
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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #439 on: July 22, 2012, 21:25 »
no my hens are all now in a fully enclosed run which isn't what I really wanted but since doing that I have had no more sightings and no sign of any rats either  :).

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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #440 on: July 23, 2012, 09:35 »
Sorry you've had to confine your hens joyfull ...... I bet they're slightly miffed about that.

Ours are currently free ranging for a few hours a day with Ben as minder. However there is always the odd fox about at all hours of the day. Luckily Ben ( and Bessie, hence the toe damage ) have spotted them and seen them off.

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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #441 on: September 26, 2012, 23:22 »
wonder if foxes can throw themselves through glass.  I know it's not mink proof yet, but this is mk1 greenhouse run oZZ_9sx63xs

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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #442 on: October 11, 2012, 13:17 »
Lost two of my three beautiful girls last night. My fault as I'd forgotten to put the door to the ark back on. So angry at myself and so pleased Riley (my middle boy) didn't do his usual egg collection as he'd have been horrified at two headless hens :-( I've identified where foxy got in and have reinforced the fence but so very gutted. They were great girls and excellent layers. Got to break the news now to a four and six year old.....

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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #443 on: October 11, 2012, 14:04 »
My garden isn't very big so I foxproofed all of it.  The PVC coated weldmesh is barely visible so easy to look at and so worth it for the peace of mind.
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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #444 on: October 22, 2012, 12:02 »

And we thought foxes were bad.... Bears seem to be worse

http://www.agrisellex.co.uk/blog/?p=260

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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #445 on: October 26, 2012, 13:07 »
I had fox walk into the garden at 10.00 am on Sunday morning, whilst I was standing next to the chickens' run having a chat with them  :ohmy:

He dived at my other run, which houses my injured ex-battery hen and the poor little thing screamed the place down.  I ran at him and chased him all over the garden - roaring - don't know why - just seemed right at the time  :tongue2:

Glad they were in the run, as he was next to me before I knew it and I wouldn't have been able to protect all of them.

No doubt he will be back, but I scared him to death that day at least.

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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #446 on: October 26, 2012, 13:57 »
I had fox walk into the garden at 10.00 am on Sunday morning, whilst I was standing next to the chickens' run having a chat with them  :ohmy:

He dived at my other run, which houses my injured ex-battery hen and the poor little thing screamed the place down.  I ran at him and chased him all over the garden - roaring - don't know why - just seemed right at the time  :tongue2:

Glad they were in the run, as he was next to me before I knew it and I wouldn't have been able to protect all of them.

No doubt he will be back, but I scared him to death that day at least.

You will have to get some lions poo to put in the garden.  It is supposed to scare the fox away and you have already done your lion impression so you are half way there!!   ::) :lol:

Glad your girls are safe and hopefully he will go and find easier prey.

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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #447 on: October 26, 2012, 14:31 »
I think you are right - I shall see if Dudley Zoo can help our as they are only down the road  :lol:

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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #448 on: January 28, 2013, 20:06 »
I regularly see foxes about as late as 3pm in the afternoon at the moment. Earlier it's like Fox Central. I've found their footprints in the snow around my run so my poultry must be getting a fright.

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Re: Fox Attacks Warning. It's that time of year again.
« Reply #449 on: January 28, 2013, 22:36 »
We have ruddy Ninja  foxes.
In the snow we could see their footsteps over next doors roof. 
We could also see where they went in our garden and they are obviously giving the electric fence a very wide berth thank goodness.



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