Friday, 7 August 2015

RIP Chickens

A sad blog post, this. You can maybe tell where this is leading.

Not to beat about the bush, a fox took all our chickens. Yes, ALL five of them, the four ex-commercial hens and our original white hen Yoko. In one night. Without eating any of them. Just lined them up neatly and disappeared.

We were devastated. Two of us cried our eyes out at the sheer brutality of it and at our own part in the situation. One of us momentarily reversed her position on fox hunting. 

For various reasons Husband had left the door of the chicken house open that night. Despite the gate of the supposedly fox-proof chicken coop being shut and the fact that we have only twice in five years seen evidence of foxes in what is a small, town-centre allotment site surrounded by roads, this fox persisted and clawed through the chicken wire.

Poor chickens. The only consolation is that Yoko had a good life of at least five years, and the ex-commercial hens had a longer and happier life than many other commercial hens.

We are going to give the land a rest for now, and maybe resume chicken-keeping again some time in the future. 


RIP Chickens


14 comments:

  1. I am so sorry, Sarah. That is so sad.

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  2. laura blackpool7 August 2015 at 15:03

    I've cried roo :'( so sad.

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  3. Sorry to hear your news. We lost one of ours to a fox recently too. Horrible!

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  4. that's not nice, what a waster and a shame.

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  5. I'm so sad and sorry to hear this. Sadly nature can be so cruel. At least they had a nice life with you. X

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  6. I know how you feel!
    I think they call every day to check if your defenses are down, they are such wily creatures.

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  7. Oh, that's sad. I know exactly how you feel. One of my children didn't shut our ducks in properly a couple of months ago and one got taken (well, most of it), another was killed but left (although the fox returned a couple of nights later and exhumed the body) and the two runner ducks had wounds, one of which survived. She was definitely depressed, so after a week we bought 3 new ducks to keep her company. She was instantly like a new duck, and though I don't think she'll ever lay eggs again, it's lovely to see her in her new flock. (She was in with our chickens, but they weren't exactly...supportive...)
    Said child is now much more conscientious about shutting the birds in, but it was a hard lesson to learn.

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    1. When we've lost chickens through old age one at a time, it hasn't been so bad - it was losing them all in one go which was the real downer. Lone birds definitely don't like being alone so I'm glad your duck is happy now!

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  8. My father phoned me this morning to say a Fox had appeared in the garden with a wood pigeon in its mouth. One of the local cats then appeared and wanted to fight the fox for the pigeon! I'm surprised the fox left the chickens. What a senseless killing.

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