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Urban foxes killing backyard chickens in Canberra

By svg - 16 September 2011 26

Seems to be quite a spate recently of foxes killing chickens.

We lost two chickens (in the middle of the day) after a few weeks of constant effort by the fox after an unsuccessful attempt.

Neighbours also lost 5 of their chickens (here in Hackett) and others in Ainslie have also mentioned losses.

Sounds like TAMS cannot do much because urban rather than rural.

Would be interested to see who else has had problems.

Apart from the benefits of eggs, scrap eating and garden scratching from chickens they are wonderful (and loved) pets for kids.

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breda 7:44 pm 17 Sep 11

“If the head is still there it was a fox because they are only trying to get out the liver, kidneys and heart.”
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I think that graziers who have had sheep and lambs attacked by feral doges will tell you that it is not only foxes that mutilate animals or kill them just for the heck of it. And, it has nothing to do with seeing chooks as toys. Toys are a human concept – to animals they are just things, whether alive or dead.

Funky Claude 6:16 pm 17 Sep 11

Jordo said :

Interesting fact a mate told me last night, if you’re wondering if your chickens were killed by your dog or a fox you can tell by how it was killed.

If the head is still there it was a fox because they are only trying to get out the liver, kidneys and heart.

If the head is taken off first it was your dog because they see chickens as a toy and instinct tells them to go for the head first.

This might be common chicken folk knowledge but I was impressed for leaning this new fact.

Might be just a myth that one. I have seen quite a few chooks after both fox and dog attack, and in my opinion, a missing head it is not a reliable indicator of the culprit. I am happy to be proved wrong however, I may have been missing something. Interestingly chicken heads have been used as bait deliver 1080.

Ben_Dover 12:28 pm 17 Sep 11

gp said :

I made an inquiry last year to the powers that be regarding the use of bait in/from my backyard…. Imagine the storm of e-mails from 3 different departments advising me of my legal rights if I went ahead with any baiting!

Foxes have rights!

gp 10:06 am 17 Sep 11

We lost our flock of 6 hens last year about this time. The new flock are locked up at night and in a pretty good enclosure during the day. My young daughters know that if the fox comes back, there is little we can do.

I made an inquiry last year to the powers that be regarding the use of bait in/from my backyard…. Imagine the storm of e-mails from 3 different departments advising me of my legal rights if I went ahead with any baiting! One of the groups was nice enough to explain about the ways that foxes cache their prey and the possibility of other animals accessing the cache. I live at the base of Mt Taylor and we see foxes right down into Kambah regularly, day and night. Sods.

Ben_Dover 9:54 am 17 Sep 11

Postalgeek said :

puggle said :

The ranger did mention that there a lot of foxes around, and that some people feed them…..

Chook owners, for a start.

Damn near wet myself at that one! Gold!!

Thumper 9:46 am 17 Sep 11

Jordo said :

Interesting fact a mate told me last night, if you’re wondering if your chickens were killed by your dog or a fox you can tell by how it was killed.

If the head is still there it was a fox because they are only trying to get out the liver, kidneys and heart.

If the head is taken off first it was your dog because they see chickens as a toy and instinct tells them to go for the head first.

This might be common chicken folk knowledge but I was impressed for leaning this new fact.

Nope. A fox will knock off their heads just for the fun of it as well.

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