A Fox in the Barnyard

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A Fox in the Barnyard - The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

A Fox in the Barnyard

Over the years I’ve lost quite a few poultry to predators. This summer a fox has found our chicken pen and has been picking off chickens (I believe 8, so far) in the early morning. To prevent further problems, I started letting the flock out later in the morning and putting them in earlier in the evening. I feel bad making the chickens and ducks wait until 7:30 or 8am to go outside, especially in the heat. But this is for their own good.

A Fox in the Barnyard - The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

Here is what remains from the last pullet taken by the fox.

I don’t want to set traps for the fox or shoot it. The wild animals in our area have fewer resources to survive on with all of the development over the years. So I’m trying to discourage it from coming around.

Several mornings I’ve chased the fox away while still in my pajamas. I’m sure that the neighbors across the street think I’m completely nuts. What a way to start the day! Hopefully he moves on to a new source of food soon.

Do you have predator problems on your homestead?

 

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Lisa Lombardo

Freelance Writer at Tohoca, LLC
Lisa writes in-depth articles about gardening and homesteading topics. She grew up on a farm and has continued learning about horticulture, animal husbandry, and home food preservation ever since. She has earned an Associate of Applied Science in Horticulture and a Bachelor of Fine Arts. She is a self proclaimed gardening freak and crazy chicken lady.

In addition to writing for her own websites, Lisa has contributed articles to The Prepper Project and Homestead.org.

The author lives outside of Chicago with her husband, son, 2 dogs, 1 cat, and a variety of poultry.
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