Wednesday, July 8, 2009

it's on

Four more laying hens were taken today. That's it. The birds will remain locked in the coop all day tomorrow, and stay locked up till I stop this animal. Come dawn I will be up extra early with my rifle. If I have no luck taking the todd that way, I'll set a Havahart trap and call the game warden to remove him. Either way, I need to stop this. That's eight animals under my care dead. It's on.

19 Comments:

Blogger David Shearer said...

It's time to kick some foxy butt, young farmer! Good luck.
David S. Shearer

July 8, 2009 at 10:53 PM  
Blogger Chicken Herder from Westville said...

We have been catching raccoons four nights in a row now, in a livetrap. They got my bantam rooster and one of my chickens. The longest catching spree we have had in the past is seven nights catching seven raccoons.

July 8, 2009 at 11:22 PM  
Blogger Rois said...

This totally off topic but here I go!
Thanks for saving me $23 this evening,I went to the local book store and found Ball Canning's new canning book for said price.I was going to buy it but them your book popped out at me.And lo and behold their listed in the back is the website for Ball.The website has all of the recipes in the book but printable for FREE. I left the book at the store and my hard earned money in my pocket.
You rock! I wish I had some sort of prize for you.
Good luck critter killin'.Raccoons are our trouble here,I hate those buggers.Those are my hens Da*&% it!
Lots and lots of friendship
Rois
Hrafinstaad.blogspot.com

July 9, 2009 at 12:00 AM  
Blogger Katie said...

Yikes! That is no bueno. Best of luck nabbing the bandit.

July 9, 2009 at 12:10 AM  
Blogger rhonda jean said...

I hope you get your fox. Take care, love.

July 9, 2009 at 1:33 AM  
Blogger Bad Hippie said...

Damn. That's one brazen fox. I hope you get rid of him quickly!

July 9, 2009 at 5:18 AM  
Blogger Kate Mary Betty said...

So sorry to hear about your lost chickens. We too have lost 8 chickens to a fox. The fist time, on Father's Day we lost 7. It was a very sad way to begin what was planned to be a nice day. It just so happened there was a small animal auction nearby so we were able to replace the chickens. The chickens were then placed under coop arrest and only let out in the evening under adult supervision. Quite a sight, herding chickens out of the woods and generally trying to keep them together. That, however got old very fast, especially after letting the guard down for a short time and one more chicken was gone. Nothing like ruining an evening having to watch a flock of chickens until they decide to go to bed for the night. Four hours spent watching chickens, not a lot of fun.

So, to thwart the vicious vixen, we built a run for the biddies and the man. It's made from PVC pipes and it's 10' x 15' x 10' with fencing attached. Looks like a greenhouse with wire instead of plastic. It also has a lip around the bottom edge so there is no digging under. They have room to fly around if they wish and fresh cut grass and such is added to give them scratching materials. Not ideal, but it has keep them safe, our minds are at rest and we have the evenings back. We have spotted the vixen 6 times now attempting to snag some delicious morsels but to our glee and satisfaction, she has been unsuccessful!!

Best of luck to you with your predator prevention plans.

July 9, 2009 at 6:43 AM  
Blogger andrewodom said...

I have been quite fortunate with predators. My chicken house is raised 4 feet off the ground so nothing can get to them during the wee hours. I have lost a goat though to a fox. It isn't fun and makes you feel personally responsible and equally helpless.

Good luck in your pursuit to nab this guy. Please be careful and (call me Cro-Magnon, if you wish) if you get to fire a round - shoot to kill.

July 9, 2009 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Tara said...

Yes, indeedy - shoot to kill. Get that fox!

July 9, 2009 at 7:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get that fox - I will be the same way when we get our chickens. You go girl!!!
Wendy A
in PA

July 9, 2009 at 7:59 AM  
Blogger becca jo said...

yikes! how big are your foxes down there? good luck!

July 9, 2009 at 8:08 AM  
Blogger Patsy said...

Time to get rid of that fox. They call them sly for a reason. They are beautiful animals but deadly to chickens and small livestock.

July 9, 2009 at 9:00 AM  
Blogger The Cottage Comtesse said...

I hate it when the coyotes get one of our hens - and they always seem to get the best layer! They're brazen enough to do it in broad daylight no less. I've also lost a chicken to a rattlesnake and a neighboring dog. I finally had to stop the free-range running on a daily basis (unless I'm out with them) and we are building a large enclosed run that will give them both freedom and protection. There'll always be one more coyote (thus the protection), but we do shoot those that are really aggressive.

July 9, 2009 at 12:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mr Fox must have a voracious appetite. 8,my goodness! You may be feeding a whole family. Good luck on catching him. My favorite movie is the Fox and the Hound.:( I hate to see him die.

July 9, 2009 at 2:34 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

You go girl!

July 9, 2009 at 3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good luck. We don't have fox or coyote in my neighborhood, but there are roving dawgs, a coupla pit bull crosses. I'm planning to construct Stalag Chicken right next to my Great Dane's pen. The chickens will amuse her, and she'll keep them safe. I hope.

Maggie in Tallahassee

July 9, 2009 at 4:08 PM  
OpenID localnourishment said...

Fox pelt makes a lovely neck warmer for winter. Sic' 'em, girl.

July 10, 2009 at 1:11 PM  
Blogger chandasue said...

We had a fox take several of our chickens over the course of this spring. Then the neighbor saw her in my yard the other day with 2 kits. Well I can't blame her for feeding her young'uns. I'll just keep my chickens in their run and toss in the lawn clippings instead of letting them free range. Everyone's happy.

July 10, 2009 at 4:43 PM  
Blogger Robin said...

Good luck getting your fox! Once they start killing chickens, they just won't stop.

July 10, 2009 at 10:51 PM  

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