Midday Fox Visitation


Sunday 22 March, 2015 by Uncle Spike

Foxes are just part of rural life, and on a regular basis we all lose chickens to feed the babes of Mrs Fox and her kin. It’s just one of those things, and so no point getting too upset over it. I don’t have a shotgun – it would cost more than ten years losses I guess, so that’s that.

Normally they are out at night, between 2am and 4am, especially on windy or stormy nights as the weather becomes their cover I guess. Springtime is the busiest for sure, as the young cubs increase pressure on the parents to bring in regular food.

After a recent loss whilst we were away, I reckoned it was down to a late lock-in by the neighbour caring for our lot. But get this… last Monday lunchtime, yes, just after midday, I was proven wrong.

I was out on the lower balcony and heard a chook-related ruckus from down the driveway. Bonzo was going mad; not a good sign. I ran across the meadow in my socks in time to see a bloody fox with a face full of feathers on the driveway!!

She was VERY startled to see me, as I was her, and even more so when Bonzo shot past me like a scud missile after breaking his 4mm (1/4”) thick leather lion’s collar (it was old, but even still) – both hared off across the orchard. Bonzo was ‘on duty’…. he came back eventually. But no sign of the chicken – it could have been a return visit. By the way, this was less than 40 metres (130 ft) from the house in broad daylight; rare indeed!

Ten minutes later I found the rest of the chooks up by the house and started to talk to them, to calm them down. In the tall grass I spotted something, a chook with a bald patch – she had survived!

Free-range she may be, but she was petrified, and was actually ok to let me take a look at her. She had lost a load of feathers of course and had quite a nasty gash, but thankfully the skin on a chicken’s back is repairable and no critical blood vessels there.




I carried her off to the hut and out came the magic cream. Even with severe wounds, it’s amazing how common antiseptic cream can dry up raw wounds!






A couple of days in solitary and the wound was starting to heal and she was back on the grub, a good sign.




After five days, she was pretty well repaired, albeit still staying close to home and my regular visits for TLC.





That’s one lucky chook!


18 thoughts on “Midday Fox Visitation

  1. […] and a change of tactics on our side has ensued. By the way, the ‘lucky’ aptly renamed Miss Foxy recovered… and then it was her turn again, gone […]


  2. joannesisco says:

    High drama with a happy ending – for the chicken, not so happy for the fox.


  3. dayphoto says:

    Day time raids!! Pretty rare, but still there. One afternoon I was working in the yard, the hens close by, but not next to me. Suddenly a fox ran from behind the corrals, past the trash cans, grabbed a hen that was the closest to ME and took off down the road. Fuzzy and I tried to catch her, but a Fox is VERY fast!

    Linda ♬♬♬


  4. Poor chook. I know foxes have to eat but still. I feel for her.

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  5. FLYNN says:

    Reblogged this on The Blogging Path and commented:
    I’m sure Madame Chook appreciated your blessed intervention. You’re her hero!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Lynn says:

    Oh dear, poor chook. Well done, Dr. Spike!

    Liked by 1 person

  7. lizard100 says:

    This was a sad story with a great ending. I’m amazed by the way our birds recover from nasty wounds. You’re right about the fox and her needs so it’s a balance. Thankfully it’s not something we’ve encountered though a magpie dos attack our quail once.


  8. Jeanine says:

    Won’t this lucky chook end up in the stewpot???? How lucky is that? 🙂


  9. A very lucky chook! Good news that the wound is healing ..

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Yvonne says:

    She sure is a lucky chook! Has Bonzo got a new collar now?


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