It was inevitable really, we knew it would happen one day and it could have been so much worse with the amount of birds we have and the freedom they get but even so, waking up to find a shaggy pile of feathers instead of a little brown hen is harsh.
It was Hetty, the little hen that had been foster mum to the chicks. Lucky for them they were tucked up in bed, unlucky for her she’d got out at some point and I found her feathers in an outdoors nest box.
So now we are off to the quarry and try to find the foxes den so that the men folk can put in some serious hunting time. This time of year the foxes will have young and in a couple of months time they will be out hunting with their parents so they need to be stopped now before the problem gets even bigger.
I understand this post may upset some as there was a time when I chose not to eat meat and was very anti hunting but the truth of the matter is that this is a farm, we have stock, and it is our job to protect them.
I agree that foxes also have a right to live & feed and if they took only what they needed to fill their belly then I would see that as sort of tax that a poultry keeper has to pay. Sadly though, if you put a fox in a field with 100 chickens it would simply kill them all whilst only eating 1. As a predator a fox is ruthless, killing for fun, not just for food.
I know there are people that also kill animals for fun but that is something I can’t understand, all our animals are well loved and all aspects of their life and death are treated with respect. It took me a long time to change my view on this subject, and the taking of a foxes life is not done lightly.