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    A war of attrition

    It started on Thursday of this week when I had a fox attack which took my chicken population from a healthy 16 to just 6 in just one fail swoop.
    I had fallen asleep on the sofa and forgot to lock away the chickens. I awoke to a load of commotion and found 2x dead adults chicken and a missing broody that had a new batch of 10x under her care. I thought she may have survived as she had done before when had by a dog but sadly she was never seen again. However 1x of her chicks did manage to get away and even more surprisingly was adopted the next day by the surviving matriarch.
    Come the next night I am waiting. The garden is baited with one of the dead chicken. From 12 til 4.30am I wait and nothing. The attack the previous night had been at 2.30-3.00. So I go to bed.
    I awake the next morning and whilst making a coffee I look in the garden and no chicken. I inspect the site and the metal fishing rod holder i had staked the chicken to the ground with has been bent over, literally kinked in two. So not a crow or a cat. F***
    The next night sees me waiting again. Although this time I am knackered and have to give up at 2.30. In the morning I wake again and inspecting the garden I find some feathers that were not there before. I check the chicken and find that the matriarch and the chick are missing. I guess they were so shaken up by the attack in the coup that they risked being outside. They have not been seen all day so I guess he found them.
    So I find myself today, everything set up, alarm set for 2am, ready for the graveyard shift but more determined that given the opportunity he will die. I will not sleep until dawn, I hope the moon stays out, this will be my last opportunity for a while........
    “Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”........Dalai Lama

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    Good luck mate, I hope you get him

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    Crumbs, very best of British fella!

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    Time 4.30 still no show.
    “Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”........Dalai Lama

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    Can somebody please tell me how it is possible for a Fox to stand 30 meters infront of you, take a carcass off a stake in the ground and only be spotted as it legs it off with said carcass across your garden.
    I am F--in livid.
    I admit the weather had deteriorated and it was nearly dark.
    “Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”........Dalai Lama

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    Best thing to do teyhan1 is to buy yourself a cheap wireless alarm. Stake out the dead chicken and position the wireless PIR looking down on the chicken.
    When mr fox turns up it will beep inside the house.
    Obviously you will have rifle out ready for the wake up call. Wack a few rounds in and do the deed...

    Its a tried and tested method ..

    do a search on eBay for 'wireless driveway alarm' there are loads.
    Just a good outdoor basic version without to many lights!
    P.s make sure you black tape any led lights on PIR

    hope this helps
    UK Guy

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    I've been using a battery powered pir sensor light (see link below) with some success.
    It can be moved / mounted almost anywhere. If there isn't anything to mount it on then just use a decent sized pole driven into the ground at / near your ambush spot and hang it up on that.
    Foxes at my bit are used to sensor lights coming on so it doesn't spook them. When Charlie triggers it you should have a few seconds to deliver the message.

    http://www.diy.com/nav/decor/lightin...skuId=13489483

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    Or............................... borrow a fox cage and sleep like a baby .

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    Some Foxes, no matter how hungry, can avoid the cage even if a banquet is presented.
    (The Unspeakable In Pursuit Of The Uneatable.) " If I can help, I will help!." Former S.A.C.S. member!

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    Fortunately I now work on a chicken farm, so another chicken has been aquired and will be presented for tonights feast.
    This time I shall be getting up at 5am as it seems it is turning up around then now.
    “Man surprised me most about humanity. Because he sacrifices his health in order to make money.Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.”........Dalai Lama

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