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Old August 9th, 2018, 11:58 AM #1
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fox killing chickens

Anyone looking to help me trap eradicate a fox thats been driving us nuts. We've lost over 70 birds to this thing and nothing had worked. It will hit our coops in the daytime. We've even set a large live box trap baited with a live chicken and no luck. Frederick area near mountain dale.
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Maybe you need a farm dog. My sister was losing all kinds of chickens to predation, and finally adopted a big oaf of a Great Pyrenees. He's a giant white wookie, but she hasn't lost a single chicken since. Foxes, coyotes, weasels, feral cats - they all just stay away, now. Of course that GP eats more every month than a hundred chickens, but it's the principle of the thing!
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Amonia should deter a fox....id sit out there with a rifle and pick them off if it's safe
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Just talked with someone yesterday that was having a problem with a fox and his hens. He added a guinea hen to his flock, he said the guinea would make a bunch of noise when the fox came around and would either scare it away or he would let his dog out to chase it away. Either way the fox stayed away after a while.
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Paging "FoxTrapper"...

If she cannot help you, she can probably refer you to someone who can.
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You need to keep a gun handy. I lose a few here and there but have been lucky enough that I or family members have heard the "alarm" or been outside and spotted them before they grabbed a bird or three. 2 I've shot with chickens in their mouth, 2 have been females, 5 total since spring. And then there were 2 more hit by cars out by the house. This year has been the most foxes I've seen in the 8 or 9 yrs I've been raising chickens and letting them free range.
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We've lost over 70 birds to this thing ...
I'm gonna guess that it's more than one. That's a sh1tload of birds.

If you're inviting a hunting party over, I may be interested
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You need to keep a gun handy. I lose a few here and there but have been lucky enough that I or family members have heard the "alarm" or been outside and spotted them before they grabbed a bird or three. 2 I've shot with chickens in their mouth, 2 have been females, 5 total since spring. And then there were 2 more hit by cars out by the house. This year has been the most foxes I've seen in the 8 or 9 yrs I've been raising chickens and letting them free range.
Yeah I took out one trying to dig itís way in to my coop. Likely the same one that wiped out my neighbors 7 birds a couple of weeks earlier. That was around mid to late May. New one took out a duck and two new chickens at my neighbors about 2 weeks ago. So far it (or something else) has been cleaning out the live trap my neighbor has setup without triggering it (and it is a hair trigger on the trap).

No losses since though. I know of at least 3 fox dens and seen a bunch in my neighborhood. Most Iíve seen by a lot. I suspect itís a peak year and Iíd bet populations will crash over the winter.
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Anyone looking to help me trap eradicate a fox thats been driving us nuts. We've lost over 70 birds to this thing and nothing had worked. It will hit our coops in the daytime. We've even set a large live box trap baited with a live chicken and no luck. Frederick area near mountain dale.
Did you see that it was a fox?

Thatís a lotta birds for a fox

We lost 48 birds a few springs ago but it was to two bull mink

They killed the birds and ripped off their heads and only ate the blood
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Did you see that it was a fox?

Thatís a lotta birds for a fox

We lost 48 birds a few springs ago but it was to two bull mink

They killed the birds and ripped off their heads and only ate the blood
A buddy of mine, the one who got me into raising chickens, lost 70 birds in one season to mink. He no longer raises chickens, but I have to say his coop was not all that secure to begin with.
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