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Lost half my livestock this week

Discussion in 'Living Room' started by Depreciator, 16th Jul, 2015.

  1. Depreciator

    Depreciator Moderator Staff Member

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    I feel for the farmers.
    Bloody fox killed two of my chickens on the weekend - and then came back last night to dig up the carcass of one it had buried in the garden unbeknownst to me. They do that apparently.
    Second time I have had a fox attack.
    The only way it can get into my backyard is to scale a two metre Colorbond fence. I would be impressed if I was so annoyed.

    Scott
     
  2. willair

    willair Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    You also get them in the city,but it may be a feral cat,every now and again you see a fox very smart ..
     
  3. Depreciator

    Depreciator Moderator Staff Member

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    A feral cat doesn't bury a chook and then come back a few days later for another meal. That's fox behaviour. (I guess zombies might do that sort of thing, too.) I used to like the fact that we had wildlife so close to the CBD. I don't anymore.
     
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    willair Well-Known Member Premium Member

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    Maybe just set up a 20 dollar solar light,with a movement sensor they don't like light..
     
  5. Steven Ryan

    Steven Ryan Mortgage Broker Business Plus Member

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    I think a few people would be surprised to know whereabouts in Sydney this tragic loss occurred.

    The per-capital chicken ownership in the inner west would be pretty low.
     
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    I've got a .22 you can borrow. :D
     
  7. Depreciator

    Depreciator Moderator Staff Member

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    Problem with that I would have to sit out there all night hoping it comes back.
     
  8. Hodor

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    Get an alpaca, that should protect your chickens
     
  9. Depreciator

    Depreciator Moderator Staff Member

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    That's a lateral thought. I might swapping one problem for another.
     
  10. EN710

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    Buy eggs from the shop from now on?
     
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  11. Peter_Tersteeg

    Peter_Tersteeg Finance broker and strategist Business Member

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    I took my dogs to a friends house once. The Lab had no problem with the chickens, she's a live and let live dog, but she'll eat it if it's dead.

    The terrier was a different story. Nice lap dog, but she enjoys killing chooks, rabbits, possums, ducks and anything else that can't defend itself.
     
  12. Depreciator

    Depreciator Moderator Staff Member

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    I'm going to win. I still have two chooks left - two no doubt nervous ones. I now lock them up safely at night, but the novelty of that is going to wear off. I'll have to make their backyard enclosure fox proof. I would still love to get that fox, though.
    I'm declaring war on the rats, too. The back lane would be a highway for rats and foxes and the chooks attract both. So I have just bought some good traps.
    I have a mate who is doing a PHD on native animals and has some cameras that he sets up in the bush near his traps to see what's doing. He's coming over this weekend.
    I'm feeling a bit like Bill Murray in Caddyshack.
     
  13. Pistonbroke

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    See if council has a fox baiting program
     
  14. Depreciator

    Depreciator Moderator Staff Member

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    I hadn't thought of that. I'll check. I know foxes were declared pests last year.
     
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    ???

    Been pests since they arrived here.

    Get your mate to set up a trap for you while is there.
     
  16. Depreciator

    Depreciator Moderator Staff Member

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    Yes, but the declaration or whatever it was meant baiting could take place. His traps aren't big enough. His PHD was on small marsupials. I might have to try and make one.
     
  17. Azazel

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    That's funny. Sorry, not 2 of your chooks getting killed, but I was expecting 150 sheep to be dead via drought or something.
     
  18. Jacque

    Jacque Buyers Agent and Bookworm, Sydney Business Member

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    Hi Scott

    I feel your pain :( We're on our third lot of chickens (6 lovely cage-bound rescue ladies) after the last two lots got taken by foxes. It's quite devastating isn't it? Our solution has been to erect one kick-ass fox-and-cat-proof coop that not even our salivating mini-dakkie can get a paw into (the border collie, in the meantime, just stands gazing at them adoringly like a mother with new chicks :D:D) I do hope you get a resolution via traps or other means shortly... it's tricky to keep them out as they not only climb but dig well too.

    Re: feral cats. Though they may not have been responsible this time we just got back from a family trip to the NT and the Desert Park ranger at Alice Springs was telling us there are 18million feral cats roaming Australia... massive problem for our native wildlife (hence the virtual extinction of many of our smaller marsupials) as they can kill (but not necessarily eat) up to 8 small animals per night. Another good reason to ensure that all cat owners lock their kitties up at night :eek:!
     
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    My chickens haven't been laying solidly since October. Broodiness, moulting, and now cold weather.

    Fortunately my over night pen is very fox proof.
     
  20. JenW

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    Might be time to consider making some chicken soup?