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Re: Bad predator problem

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06-11-2014 10:42:29

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I had a similar problem a couple of years ago. I lost about 20 full grown chickens, including some 10 to 12 lb Black Marans. It started off losing 1 every few days, then escalated. One morning, I heard the crows start screaming, I looked out, and a fox was on top of my rooster. I ran out and shot at him, but I missed. I ended up shooting at him 4 times, never hit him. The attacks ended after one of my boxers chased the fox out of the yard. She ran into a fence, cutting her nose. She missed the fox by inches. I think a bullet whizzing by the fox"s head is a abstraction. A big, fast dog with big teeth is endcoded in the fox"s dna as something to avoid. I"ve seen a fox in my front yard, but haven"t had a fox attack since. The birds killed were missing the heads, and sometimes the heart and liver eaten out. I am north of Howell.

Btw, I came to rely on the crows. When I heard them go nuts, I knew the fox was around. I could listen and track the fox by listening to the crows.

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Dave H (MI)

06-11-2014 13:55:11

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 Re: Bad predator problem in reply to Spook, 06-11-2014 10:42:29  
Yeah...I am real worried about that being the problem. Our farm is just a few miles SE of your place, but the birds live at the house in Brighton. We have been seeing fox out during the day in Howell but nothing around here. They are here, just don't see them. Fox would definitely be something that could run down the hen. She's gonna be back on her perch tonight...what's left of her...with a four set of leg hold traps hidden underneath. The rest of the turkeys are locked up in the game pens. Geese are in with the goats. Probably not much to worry about there.

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06-11-2014 14:33:48

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 Re: Bad predator problem in reply to Dave H (MI), 06-11-2014 13:55:11  
Chupacabra on the loose ;)

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