As I have explained in my previous post. Jemima our only surviving duck from the fox attack died of her injuries, after a couple of days. She was our black runner duck and our favourite.
Molly my 3 year old went up the garden to feed them last week, as she always does. I heard a frantic banging at the back door, only to see her destraught little face. She said Daddy where's Jemima gone, I can't find her. It brought tears to my eyes, although I hid this from her. Jemima was her duck.
So I located a friend of mine who had 3 young Miniture Appleyards and brought them home as a surprise.
I've mended the window of the duck house which the fox had chewed out. I've painted it in chilli oil, as you can see from the picture. I hope this stops him eating the house for the time being.
I have also re-unforced the wire with heavy gauge welded wire mesh. See below.
The fox has now eaten it's was through 2 of our houses now. It killed all of our ducks and one of our quail.
Our neighbour also lost their rabbit that they kept in their garage.
A fox also broke one of our panes of glass to our greenhouse to take a pair of duck that I had placed in their overnight. These were wild duck that I had shot for the table.
He had now started to did huge holes underneath the pens. So sadly I will have to remove him.
Some of the locals feed these urban foxes and they grow to abnormal sizes and exhibite completely unnatural behaviour. Feeding wild animals is never a good thing in my opinion.
Another neighbour of mine also used to keep chickens but gave up, due to repeated fox attacks.
My children love their birds. Molly carries the chickens around, helps feed and clean them. It's really is a great for them.