Originally Posted by Celeste
In my experience, foxes and other wild animals usually take one chicken and run while they can. The animals that go on a killing rampage tend to be dogs; usually pets that people let wander.
Not necessarily, Celeste. A fox who can get into a coop will kill as many as he/she can, and come back for the rest one at a time.
I lost 3 hens in one day to the same fox. He just kept coming back. I know had I left the coop open, he'd have killed all the rest that night.
The last chook I lost to a fox was a half grown peeper. That one made me sad, because I was looking forward to her starting to lay eggs. Besides, I'm raising chickens for ME to eat, not the local wildlife!
Fly, sorry for your loss. It stinks when you lose multiples at a time.
I plan to get more peepers this year, and hopefully one or more of my adult hens will go broody. I'd like to raise a few batches of my own instead of buying them. Otherwise, why do I have two