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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Tue Apr 20, 2010 9:29 pm

The fox came to visit us about two weeks ago at 3am. Woken by my ladies noise and saw the fox leave. We have a secure pen with birds houses inside the pen. On inspection, fox had eaten through wired pen and made a hole big enough to get through. One chicken taken from the sleeping houses while the others ran around. One chicken lost and fox tried to pull her through the hole but disturbed by us. Ladies now have loft house of the floor which is locked every night inside a locked, more secure pen.
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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Wed Apr 21, 2010 5:36 pm

That is sad, glad you saved the others.
may i ask what type of wire the fox chewed through?
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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Sat May 01, 2010 1:39 pm

I lost my beloved Hanna and Chessie a few years ago now but my experience may help others so here goes ...

We had a Mk 1 Eglu (green but I don't think that makes any difference) with an extended run. It was pegged down well. The Eglu was in the center of a large paddock which had electric fencing on all sides (even over the gate). The sides were 4 ft up and there were 2 extra wires making it about 4' 8 from the floor. Inside the paddock were 2 apple trees and a pear tree.

Each evening we would shut the girls into the Eglu run with the Eglu door open (in winter they were put into the Eglu without access to the run so they were snuggly). We felt they were safe.

One night we went out for a meal and, unknown to us, one of the trees had grown and shorted out the fence. As we hadn't "officially" put the girls to bed they were totally vulnerable to the monsters that the lady next door was feeding cat food !

Grrr !

PS Don't expect help from the council as they ARE considered a pest but you only get some school girl offering advice on how to DETUR the foxes not how to kill them :wall:
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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Tue May 04, 2010 9:05 am

Hi

I have had lots of chickens taken. About 5 so far taken during the day. Yesterday I only had 2 left and they were both killed, one was taken and one left with no head. This was done during the day, free-ranging unsupervised. Their wings were clipped and now I have no chickens left. I would like to get some more but want to fox proof the area. :(
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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Tue May 11, 2010 9:06 pm

Fox came round last night just before 5am - not interested in the chickens but has been caught a couple of times hovering round our quail. He turned up and started patting at the wire mesh - I went outside and chased him away, and came back in. Going outside in my PJs has an inevitable effect :oops: and in the time it took me to pop to the loo, he'd come back, and one of our dippy little quail stuck its head through the mesh (which should in theory be impossible) to see what it was. The fox had its head off before we could get back outside. :(

OH has now constructed a fortress outside.
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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Wed May 12, 2010 12:40 pm

Set up my camcorder to record goings on after a visit the day-before yesterday.

Fox has now ripped off loads of the garden-edging used to hold the bedding in place, and ripped one of the covers to shreds. Cheeky fox even had a look at the decking.

Not happy.

And is seems there is little I can do to stop the visits :evil:
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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Wed May 12, 2010 4:52 pm

Here is a link to the YouTube Video I took of the attack ... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93sK9QGw ... r_embedded ... setting up the camcorder tonight to see what happens ...
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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Wed May 12, 2010 5:16 pm

Scary - Ive just gone and put mine away :(
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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Wed May 12, 2010 5:41 pm

we don't lock them away at night ... found a few feathers around the side of the run today ... must have been plucked through the bars.
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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Wed May 12, 2010 6:49 pm

don't you think you should now Stev?
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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Wed May 12, 2010 8:41 pm

Amazing footage Steve. A Foxwatch really is worth trying.

My fox stopped his daily visits when I installed 2 Foxwatches (large walk in run) run on wiring not batteries, & also made an inner wall of chickenwire for the run so he couldn't snatch feathers (when they leant against the wire :wall: ). He did this a couple of times before the Foxwatches.

He likes the Eglu run roof, doesn't he, I wonder if you could devise, er, something to keep him off. :?

He might run past a Foxwatch if he saw an opportunity, but ours keeps his distance, it's worth a try, not to be terrorised.
I've seen our fox 3 times this week, but no nearer than 3 metres from the run, he just watched & ran off.
Wish I'd taken a film! He grins like the one in storybooks!
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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Thu May 13, 2010 9:52 pm

Yesterday I saved up a day's wee and placed that around where the fox was coming in. There were no visits today. And I noted I need to cut down on the coffee.

Put some anti-burglar spikes down on the fence where the fox was walking. Probably won't have any effect but I felt better.

May have to lock them away if we get any more visits ... though not sure how that'll work as my day doesn't start till about 8am :mrgreen:
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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Fri May 14, 2010 3:23 am

fox rescue say spikes are good deterrant. Pee only 1 time like dogs you are just saying i was here. The mornings are beautiful and you will get extra day if you get up at 6. You can always go back 2 bed but you are missing a lovely time in the day-you wont want 2 when you see hear and smell it
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1 rescued girl 13th Aug 2008 (red eglu)RIP
4 new ex bats Good Friday April 10th 2009 (green eglu) (pink eglu)
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And 4 more July 2010
And 4 more July 2011
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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Sat May 15, 2010 2:11 am

I'm absolutley devastated. Not as much as my surviving chook who of course is terrified of every moving thing.
I hope this will be a warning to people that no matter how safe you feel always and I mean always shut your run at night.
Mine have been fine being left with it open(I've had them almost a year now). Due to absent mindedness. sometimes sleeping in the garden which led me to a false sense of security.

If you've got this far then thank you and I ask, where do I go from here? do I stick with one? replace my lost one ( only in numbers, never in personality)? Or maybe get two so they bed in better?

Eggs really arent my priority. I'm absolutely gutted and feeling very guilty for being so complacent that ive lost my favourite girl. Just feel lost. I want to give up looking after them. Except for the bravery of my surviving girl. I cant give up as shes awesome bless her!!

I wont give her up as shes a fighter! Or let her down again.

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Re: Fox attacks - a list of what happened?

Post Sat May 15, 2010 7:41 am

What a shame, I am sorry to hear your news. You are quite right that getting a couple would be a good idea. She will be very lonely kept on her own.
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