Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fox in Chicken Coop?

We have a few neighbors that have chickens (yes, we live in the country), and they don’t like foxes.

One reason we have been feeding the foxes is to keep them from raiding the chicken coops.  We have not seen both foxes at the same time in the past few days, so we’ve been a little concerned about them.

Last night, Al was walking around the pasture and heard a gunshot.   He was afraid someone may have shot our fox.  We didn’t see them last night but Al went out this morning and noticed the food was gone.  Hopefully they are okay.  I understand wanting to protect your chickens, and I don’t want the foxes to kill them, but why can’t you make a strong enough chicken coop to keep the foxes out? 

Good news!  Al found 2 new Bluebird nests.  No eggs yet but they’re working on them!  Our one nest with the 5 eggs still has only eggs, but they should be hatching very soon.


Happytrails said... [Reply to comment]

Oh I so hope they didn't kill the foxes. I agree with you....build a chicken coop that is stronge enough to keep wild animals out. Keep us posted.
So glad you are having more baby bluebirds. You all definitely have the RIGHT stuff to make them happy.

Stay cool as you can!!
Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

Merikay said... [Reply to comment]

Years ago I had a friend that had chickens in a small barn like structure. There was a fox that dug a den underneath it. The fox raised a couple of babies, and never bothered my friend's chickens. It did raid a neighbors coop however!

Critters have their own ways!

We used to have a fox nearby, but haven't seen it for a few years. I always liked to hear it "laugh."

Enjoy the wildlife. It's free.

-Nellie and Jonathan said... [Reply to comment]

:( This makes me sad. I hope the gunshot had nothing to do with the fox. Keep us posted for sure!!!