Sunday, July 22, 2012

Foxy Bites Off More Than He Can Chew

Foxy invaded the hen run this evening. Bert heard the commotion and got a glimpse of him running off. At first we thought he'd made off with one of the Jersey Giants but then I found her hiding in a hedge, She had a great bare patch at the side of her neck and she was terribly traumatised, Fox had got in under the fence in a spot that had been eroded underneath by the recent incessant rain. He pounced on the big chicken and pulled her under the fence. But because she is heavy and because Bert interrupted him he must have lost his grip and ran off without his chicken supper.

Bert headed out to the fields with the gun but had no joy. Foxy lives to hunt another day. He should have picked a smaller hen. Those Jersey Giants can catch and kill mice and frogs. They wouldn't be much of a match for a full-grown fox so I suspect our vulpine visitor must be one of this year's cubbing.

Tomorrow I must make sure that there are no vulnerable spots around the run. Foxy will be back. That is for sure.


10 comments:

Mage said...

Yes, funerals are for the living, but you would miss the living chickens if the fox did manage to get one. Yes too, I know you miss your dogs. So do we, What a portrait you paint of friends, family, chicken, d and dog, Hugs from here.

Nelly said...

Thank you Mage. that is very heartening to hear.

Grannymar said...

Glad you won this round, and food luck for tomorrow.

Cuidado said...

Here we'd say, "the buggers!" but I don't think that's polite in your part of the world. They're a problem here too.

Nelly said...

Foxy gets many a choice epithet hereabouts.

The big hen is not in great form. The fox hurt her when he pulled her big frame through that tiny gap. She must be bruised and sore.

ganching said...

A fox has started pooing in our garden and then spreading it around which is a bit disgusting. Not sure what it's up to.

Nelly said...

He has decided that your garden belongs to him and is warning other foxes off.

Brighid said...

Hope your girl is ok. I loved my girls, just three left. The boys want to raise phesants!

Nelly said...
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Nelly said...

The hen is still not 'at herself' as we say here. Hopefully time will heal her mental scars.

Are your boys going to raise pheasants for sport? That is what happens here. They are raised and put out to the wild so that rich fools can shoot at them and pay lots of money for the privilege.