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post #771 of 1018 Old 08-25-2013, 12:55 AM
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Entirely personal preference. I would not relocate it and run the risk of it returning or having a go at me while I tried to move it. Same goes for stray dogs. I have a lot of money invested in my livestock and I won't tolerate anything taking an easy meal.
Totally understandable. :)

I detest killing things, but Im squeemish as hell about germs. Imagine the shennanigans involved getting that Hav-a-heart into the car!

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post #772 of 1018 Old 08-25-2013, 01:16 AM
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Germs are why we have hot water and soap.

I prefer not to have to kill anything, which is why I have good fencing and hot wires. Once in awhile a skunk, or 'yote or 'coon finds its way in here and if it doesn't cause any havoc, it can find its way back out. But.....if it takes down a chicken or chases my horses or messes with my dogs......Boom Boom out go the lights.
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post #773 of 1018 Old 08-25-2013, 08:00 AM
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I seriously doubt that we will see Mr. Fox. There are a lot of foxes, coyotes, and bobcats around. If I killed one, the next would move in. If he starts hanging around and makes himself a chronic pest, then I may have to try and trap him.

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Some places it is illegal to relocate and causes more issues than good. Once a critter becomes a predator around here, it's night night critter.
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Yep, they have 1.68 million acres around me to live in, attack my coop and you are a gonner. Killed another baby skunk the other day, :(...

So here is the little hen's injury, was much worse than it looks now, healing nicely!

(the culprit is hanging dead in a tree... DH didn't know and had a heart attack when he brushed into it on the mower... )
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post #776 of 1018 Old 08-26-2013, 04:48 PM
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I am moving my chickens to my house next month, ans am building a pen from scratch. We saw a fox in our backyard the other night, so now I'm not sure what I should do. I am rehoming my Cornish hen because she tereorizes my other two, and bringing the red girls to the house. Hot wire sounds like a good plan for the bottom.
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post #777 of 1018 Old 08-26-2013, 04:54 PM
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Anyway if theres wild land nearby, why not relocate?
Because foxes are rabies vectors and it is not nice to put one in an unfamiliar territory or in someone ELSES back yard. That's why. I would be FURIOUS if any one let a fox loose near me. People with chickens are everywhere.

A quick death is better that putting a fox in another fox's territory where it will probably be killed slowly.


Erogan, be very careful when treating bumblefoot. It is a staph infection that can infect YOU. A friend told me she had treated bumblefoot and I asked if she had gloved up and been very sterile. She said no. Sure enough, she became VERY ill with a staph infection two days later.

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I would do the hot wire and get a dog.

Where I live we have all kinds of creatures: Fox, Coyote, Bear, Hogs, Coons, even saw a VERY large bobcat at the beginning of our drive way the other night, etc. I have three very large dogs and other than the skunks (which they have learned are not to be messed with, LOL!) I have no problem with the wild animals. The dogs have marked our yard and the wildlife respect their boundary or are run off.

There are plenty of critters out there and if one becomes a nuisance/opportunist it will make more that will follow suit. The shy ones are the only ones that get to propagate around here!
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post #779 of 1018 Old 08-26-2013, 05:27 PM
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Erogan, be very careful when treating bumblefoot. It is a staph infection that can infect YOU. A friend told me she had treated bumblefoot and I asked if she had gloved up and been very sterile. She said no. Sure enough, she became VERY ill with a staph infection two days later.

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Allison, I did read that recommendation before we got started, and yes, gloved up, betadine wash for the chicken, and then hand washing for us afterwards. The foot is healing up nicely, as far as I can tell, and I am becoming an expert chicken foot bandager.
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Sorry to hear that Celeste.

I'm feeling like the pied piper with the girls being free range during the day. They hear the door and they come running and then follow me (and DD) around. They are pretty funny. They are still working to clean the rosehips off of my rosebushes so I get to see the dancing chicken routine every day.
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