Sunday, May 18, 2008

What Foxes Do

We had a visit from Foxy on Saturday morning. I'd let the hens out at about eight o'clock. Bert discovered the carnage at around 2pm. It had probably happened mid-morning. The hen run isn't that close to the house and we'd heard no commotion. The only unusual thing we spotted was Plum (the rooster) running around. In all the weeks that he has been confined with his harem he has never made any attempt to escape. He had all he wanted within the run. But when Foxy entered he managed to make his escape over the wire.

Nine hens were killed. The fox made off with four. She must have made several journeys. The remaining hens took refuge in the house. Five corpses were left semi-buried. Foxy intended to return.

This is where she got in. She dug a hole under the wire.

The remains of Morag, the Scots Dumpy.

This was one of Clint's special hens, reared from an egg.

One of the old battery hens we got from Bert's Aunie Fungus.

We've declared war on Foxy. I'd hoped to conclude this post with a picture of a dead fox but so far no luck. Alber' was to come yesterday and set a trap for her but he didn't make it. She came back last night and picked up four of the dead hens. Today there is one corpse left, Alber's trap is set and there is a bullet with her name on it waiting for her.

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Anonymous Grannymar said...

And people complain about Fox Hunting!

2:40 pm  
Blogger Nelly said...

Clever old fox avoided the trap. She just dug a fresh hole and collected the last of the dead chickens. They don't call them cunning for nothing.

4:32 pm  
Anonymous Fresh Blade said...

Awful! Good hunting...

10:16 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

go get him nelly, sounds like a personal vendetta worth winning...poor hens.

mikey x

12:49 pm  
Blogger Mudflapgypsy said...

Terminate with extreme prejudice.

2:27 pm  
Blogger The Chicken Lady said...

I've had the same thing happen here with raccoons and opossums and weasels of some sort. Same thing goes, "you kill the chickens, we kill you". Hope you get him / her. Best of luck!

10:51 pm  

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