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I have used as an excuse to visit my sister 6 miles away, along with miss Molly, that I’d go and help her with her chickens. I’ve helped her move the fencing a couple of times. monday I said I’d go visit her today and check on the fence so mr fox doesn’t get at them. She had to go out today and so I was to go tomorrow. She has just let me know foxy has been in and killed all but 2 of them. I know she won’t want the fox harmed but I’m peed off that it’s happened just after I made a joke about it. 
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That’s the trouble with foxes they just kill them all not just take one to eat. My mates dad used to keep chickens had about 18 killed and just left in the hen house. Such a shame for your sister.
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The fox gets blamed many times in the wrong,you may find its a dog who does the killing,i seen a tv programme where cams were set up and found it was in fact a next door farmers dog.
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We lost eleven chickens some years ago Simon. One was our beautiful white cockerel. I was desperately upset. It happened about 1530h in the afternoon. We think the fox brought her cubs with her to teach them how to hunt. I know it is what happens in nature, but to see all our dead hens in the farmyard was very upsetting. As Alan said, they had killed for the sake of it, not for food. I feel sorry for your sister. It is so distressing.
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I was always told that a fox will come in and kill everything and then return to carry the carcasses away one at a time. if it only killed one then the others could escape danger. 

she saw the fox, not for the first time either, And knows it wasn’t a dog. 

I’m going up there now to see what we can do for the future. 


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Shoot the fox Simon job done or it will keep coming back and killing whatever it can.
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Shoot the fox Simon job done or it will keep coming back and killing whatever it can.


Thats no good, another will come and claim the territory, the only way to keep chickens safe is with adequate fencing. Foxes go into a frenzy when they are in the run with the chickens running about, unfortunately it is their nature.

I gave 2 bantams, I had hand reared, away years ago because I didn't have a run to keep them in, the next week a fox had them both plus a few more. Yes extremely upsetting.

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Sorry Al, I agree with Gerty, if the Fox is shot another will get in its place.  Sadly, it appears that my sister was actually out where the chooks had been allowed out, she briefly went indoors and the fox was in like Flynn - maybe it was watching her? The one dog she had with her at the time went in alongside her, the other one was away being trimmed - he would have definitely had a go at the fox. It was just a sad coincidence.  Normally when sis isn't out there the chooks are left inside their fox proof run.  She wouldn’t want the fox shot anyway it’s only trying to feed its own young and she doesn’t want to just kill things. We will build a fox proof extension in readiness for when she is able to rehome more ex-battery chooks. 
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Sorry Al, I agree with Gerty, if the Fox is shot another will get in its place.  Sadly, it appears that my sister was actually out where the chooks had been allowed out, she briefly went indoors and the fox was in like Flynn - maybe it was watching her? The one dog she had with her at the time went in alongside her, the other one was away being trimmed - he would have definitely had a go at the fox. It was just a sad coincidence.  Normally when sis isn't out there the chooks are left inside their fox proof run.  She wouldn’t want the fox shot anyway it’s only trying to feed its own young and she doesn’t want to just kill things. We will build a fox proof extension in readiness for when she is able to rehome more ex-battery chooks. 


Have to say it Simon, it´s always human error, the fox knows no different and we ain´t gonna change him.

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Have to say it Simon, it´s always human error, the fox knows no different and we ain´t gonna change him.




Yes I agree, the fox is doing what comes naturally, need to just deter them.
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We had a visiting fox at our last house, it almost ate out of your hand.
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What a coincidence, just reading this and thinking, I get foxes in my garden, turned round to look out of the window and there is one on the lawn.
Don't normally see them in a morning, mainly at dusk, probably because any leftover food is put out after dinner.
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What a coincidence, just reading this and thinking, I get foxes in my garden, turned round to look out of the window and there is one on the lawn.
Don't normally see them in a morning, mainly at dusk, probably because any leftover food is put out after dinner.


Wow! Wish we had them coming into our garden. We live in a small village with open fields within a hundred yards or so. I've seen foxes down in the fields but never in the garden, even when we kept chickens. Often get hedgehogs which I leave food out for most nights.

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The fox slept on the lawn for over an hour, unusual as they come in to grab food then leave.
 I live on the edge of Dunstable, at the bottom of the garden used to be a disused railway line now converted to a guided busway and beyond that is a SSSI site/nature reserve.
I get Foxes and Badgers come into the garden most nights, a few years ago a couple of Muntjacs where regular visitor, don't get many Hedgehogs though, the Badgers tend to eat them.
A few years ago their was a bowl of food on the lawn with a face off between a cat and a fox circling it,  as I was watching a large Badger came bowling down the garden pushed them out of the way and ate the lot.
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