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so at 4am this morning i was scaring off a mystery beast and TWO chickens are DEAD and 2 are about to peg it due to their injuries.

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MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Thu 24-Jul-08 11:36:48

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MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Thu 24-Jul-08 11:43:58

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fryalot Thu 24-Jul-08 11:45:38

<<<rushes into thread with tea and sympathy>>>

I have nowt to say except "aaaah"

I could tell you that when I was 4, Peter the Rabbit got eaten by a fox who got into our garden. But it may not help, so I won't.

wink

igod Thu 24-Jul-08 11:46:12

Oh you poor thing, is it likely to be a stoat or something of the same ilk? sad

I hope the others recover.

wotulookinat Thu 24-Jul-08 11:47:51

Oh sad What was it?
If you live near me, it could have been my mum's dog - he's staying with us at the moment and VERY NEARLY ate my rabbit yesterday angry
You have my sympathy. Hope the others make it.

MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Thu 24-Jul-08 11:47:59

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MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Thu 24-Jul-08 11:48:39

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wotulookinat Thu 24-Jul-08 11:50:40

Urgh. Scary. Good job you got there when you did.

MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Thu 24-Jul-08 11:52:42

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wannaBe Thu 24-Jul-08 11:54:51

could it be something that has burrowed underneath?

did you see it escape or did it just disappear? if it just disappeared could it have a hole inside the run?

MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Thu 24-Jul-08 11:56:21

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MrsJohnCusack Thu 24-Jul-08 11:57:52

oh dear how horrid sad
foxes are wily sods - my money would still be on it being one

wannaBe Thu 24-Jul-08 11:58:33

I would check inside the pen. I know little about chickens but is their pen hard floor or grass? because if grass then it's not inconceiveable that something could be living underneath it, or has burrowed underneath it.

MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Thu 24-Jul-08 11:59:24

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wannaBe Thu 24-Jul-08 12:00:04

but a fox could easily scale a 6 ft fence.

My mum woke up the other morning to find a fox asleep on the top of her shed. No idea how it got up there, but up there it was.

MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Thu 24-Jul-08 12:00:07

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MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Thu 24-Jul-08 12:00:45

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EffiePerine Thu 24-Jul-08 12:01:24

mink?

EffiePerine Thu 24-Jul-08 12:02:41

www.pestcontrol-uk.org/pests/mink/

are you near a river? nasty animals apparently

MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Thu 24-Jul-08 12:02:52

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MaloryTowersUrbaniteLady Thu 24-Jul-08 12:03:34

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EffiePerine Thu 24-Jul-08 12:04:18

they are sadistic killers (ahem, according to the Dark is Rising books)

wannaBe Thu 24-Jul-08 12:07:59

iirc the number of mink has increased since some right-on animal activist freaks set a load of them free into the countryside a couple of years back. Most of them were killed by cars/starved to death (given their inability to fend for themselves given they'd been brought up in captivity, something which the animal rights libral fruitcakes seem to had forgotten), but some did survive and have bred thus increasing the numbers.

FloriaTosca Thu 24-Jul-08 12:08:42

Not a hen keeper myself but friends are and living semi rurally I have seen what the nasty red blighters do to a henhouse...and they seem to be getting bolder too!...My grandads dog used to sleep with the hens to protect them. I'm so with you on the bring back hunting thing.
Sorry for your losses..I hope the others recover and I hope someone gets the blighter for you.

Nighbynight Thu 24-Jul-08 12:26:17

Is your henhouse on the ground?

Ours used to be on legs,and made of solid wood. Foxes never got into it, once the hens were locked in for the night.

another advantage was that the hens had more cool shelter in hot weather or rain, they used to go under the henhouse.

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