I sit here..at ten o'clock this evening with heavy heart.
I have what I believe to be a fox infestation. I read up on fox. They are not solitary. Often a male will have several females in one den. There is only one alpha female that mates...but they all go hunting. :(
Last evening we got home from grocery shopping around 8:30 or 9 pm. The same time we had our predator (S?) attack tonight.
This morning...there was a dead penciled rock hen towards the back corner, the same corner the predator has been coming from. The feathers were stripped from her neck, but no blood. She had been dead awhile, so this had to have happened last night..and..there were more feathers..not hers...another red stars feathers. We had interrupted a buffet feast going on last night.
Back to tonight. Beauty and Beast are still on the screened in porch. Once they are asleep you dont hear a peep out of them usually.
This evening, about the same time...we hear Beast sound the alarm of upset. Several of the chickens out in the pens were going off...
within 30 seconds I had my shoes on and I was out at the pens...and found a cluster of feathers in one of the pens..and more right outside the pen..and following out once again towards the back...more clusters of torn out feathers.
Ian had grabbed the flashlight and his shoes by this time and we were out there with Tip searching the back.
As Ian shined the light out the back corner of the fence..headed out across the field..there it was
Predators like fox and coyote have red eyeshine.
Now let me tell you. I have had three helpings of the recipe taken at different times...so just how many foxes are there?
I don't know. I am just so saddened. When will I have gotten rid of all that know about this place as a food source? I don't know.
I am just going to have to break down and spend some money. I have researched this, and I am going to invest in these. I sure hope they work.
I did a head count. I am missing more than I knew. I have five red stars gone, and two penciled rocks. That doesnt even include Faith, my main Silver Phoenix Hen and the yellow banded Silver Phoenix Roo. Not to mention the white Serama Hen I had INSIDE a pen that died of fright or a broken neck freaking out from fright.
I have a feeling...that I am not going to get a lot of rest tonight.
WORRY WORRY WORRY
FRET FRET FRET
I will do another head count in the morning...then I will know for sure just how many I am missing that I dont know are gone yet.
Anyone that is in a pen, will stay in a pen, til I know these nightguard lights work. I sure hope they do.