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A Fox, Chicken and Sack of Grain

You have a fox, a chicken and a sack of grain. You must cross a river with only one of them at a time. If you leave the fox with the chicken he will eat it; if you leave the chicken with the grain he will eat it. How can you get all three across safely?

Fox and (little) chicken

Take the chicken over first. Go back and bring the grain next, but instead of leaving the chicken with the grain, come back with the chicken. Leave the chicken on the first side and take the fox with you. Leave it on the other side with the grain. Finally, go back over and get the chicken and bring it over.

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42 Comments on "A Fox, Chicken and Sack of Grain"

Justin says
October 21, 2014 @ 06:52

Bring the fox over, then bring the chicken over and finally do the heimlick on him and get the seed.


Danny says
March 9, 2015 @ 21:24

Take the chicken, then the fox. Bring the chicken back and take the grain. Then go back and get the chicken.

kaeley says
March 24, 2015 @ 21:17

you bring the grain, go for the fox and bring the chicken last.

Quantum Raven says
April 3, 2015 @ 09:41

Take chicken to side 2
Take grain to side 2, but bring the chicken to side 1.
Take the fox to side 2
Take the chicken to side 2

Random Person says
April 10, 2015 @ 16:10

Take the chicken, then take the grain but then bring the chicken back take the fox, then take the go back for the chicken.

ilovechicken says
May 23, 2015 @ 14:27


isaak says
June 2, 2015 @ 18:18

You get the duck and bring it to the other side and then you get the fox and bring it then you bring the duck back with you then you get the grain and leave the duck and then you go back for the duck

FrEaK bOi says
August 10, 2015 @ 09:58

You bring the chicken over.
Go back for the wheat.
Drop the wheat off and bring back then chicken.
Then leave the chicken on the original side n pick up the Fox. Drop the Fox off.
Then go back for the chicken duh.

Angeleena says
August 31, 2015 @ 20:22

first you take the chicken drop it off then you go back and get the dog but pick up the chicken when u drop the dog off then go back and drop off the chicken and take the wheat there then go back and get the chicken and take him back WALA MAGIC!! IF SHOULD TAKE YOU 7 TRIPS THATS YOUR HINT :)

bradley bage says
September 22, 2015 @ 10:00

leave the fox its a danger or buy a cage for the chicken so the fox cant get it and it cant eat the seed

# duh says
October 1, 2015 @ 15:57

Take the fox, the seed and then the chicken

Dan says
October 1, 2015 @ 16:42

@duh When you take the fox over, the chicken will eat the grain.

Hayden says
October 8, 2015 @ 05:14

Bring the chicken then the fox bring the chick bag then the grains the the chick

Jesus says
October 20, 2015 @ 13:19

Put the chicken in a cage. Problem solved.

Dan says
October 20, 2015 @ 13:36

If you only had a cage :)

Katelyn says
November 5, 2015 @ 02:56

Take the chicken then the fox and take the chicken back then take th grain over and then take the chicken over again

dylan says
November 23, 2015 @ 13:40

eat the chicken, use the fox to hunt down more chickens to eat and save the grain for your grandma

Caleb says
December 2, 2015 @ 03:13

bring the chicken over, then the fox but take the chicken back then bring the grain over then come back for the chicken

The Sphinx says
December 18, 2015 @ 07:09


By coincidence, I see an ad in this page saying, “Chicken Cages Wholesale”. You are supposed to bring the chicken to side two first, leaving the fox and the grain. Then, come back to side 1 and bring the grain to side 2. Bring back the chicken to side 1. Bring the fox to side 2, and come back. Bring the chicken over and the problem is solved.

Dan says
December 18, 2015 @ 09:41

@The Sphinx It’s actually not coincidence. Google Ads are based on the content of the page :)

The fox says
January 16, 2016 @ 21:08

I know what the answer SHOULD be, but if I were to be honest, I would probably just live on the first side of the river, maybe in a van…

the almighty one says
March 1, 2016 @ 04:56

shoot the chciken and buy a bigger fox to kill the fox ,poroblem is no more

Muu79 says
March 13, 2016 @ 09:52

^That how you probably solve all your problems 0_o

missp56 says
March 15, 2016 @ 05:08

All this backwards and forwards absolute waste of energy. Make one trip – muzzle the fox and cage the chicken.

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April 29, 2016 @ 08:23

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Lyna_girl120 says
May 3, 2016 @ 01:16

You take the chicken then bring the Fox take the chicken to the original side leave chicken and take the feed then go back and bring the chicken. Problem solved

Hope says
June 27, 2016 @ 03:44

Watch series 2 episode 22 of the next step and James is challenged by Riley to do this challenge.

Like if you agree

Janela Charlotte Cargo says
July 12, 2016 @ 06:03

My answer is th man will bring the chicken to the other island first because the fox cannot eat the grain. When the man comes back, he’ll get the fox but when they reached in the other island, he’ll leave the fox but gets the chicken with him back. When they reach back he leaves the chicken but gets the grain. Then when he go back again he’ll get the chicken.YEA THATS MEH ANSWER.IM 11Y/O

Don Simms says
July 21, 2016 @ 09:27

Take the chicken over, then take the grain then bring the chicken back take the fox, then take the go back for the chicken

Epicgamming00 says
November 17, 2016 @ 10:13

First you take the chickens over. secondly you take the fox over then take the chickens back. next you take the grain over. finial you go back and bring over the chickens.

there you go problem solved
: )

Danny jackson says
December 10, 2016 @ 13:07

Couldn’t you just

Dan says
December 11, 2016 @ 12:20

The grain would be eaten by the chicken.

December 27, 2016 @ 01:06

Take the chicken from side A to side B. Go back to side A, pick up the fox, and go to side B, put the fox next to the chicken, pick up the chicken, and take it back to side A. Put the chicken next to the bag of grain. Pick up the bag of grain and take it to side B, and place it next to the fox. Go back to side A and bring the chicken over to side B. DUH!!

Dan says
February 11, 2017 @ 08:35

In the picture is a shed/barn, take the chicken across put it in the barn then go back for either the Fox or grain bring backin either order. The answer was 7 trips I think, now by doing that you cross the river 5 times. No need to cross the river with the same thing twice

Bob says
February 25, 2017 @ 07:46

You take the duck then you take the corn then you take the duck back so it dosn ‘t eat the corn then you take the fox then you take the duck back. you do this because;

-The fox will eat the duck if left alone
-The duck will eat the corn if left alone
-The fox won’t eat the corn.

Ciara⚓️ says
April 19, 2017 @ 13:01

Bring the chicken from side a to side b
Next he will take the fox from side a to side b He will then take the chicken back to side a Then take the grain to side b from side a lastly he will go back and get the chicken

Jerry says
July 11, 2017 @ 10:50

you take the chicken across, then the fox and bring back the chicken, take the grain, go back get the chicken take him across, then continue whatever you were planning on doing.

Shelby says
October 12, 2017 @ 16:28

Take the fox over first. Then take the grain. THEN take the chicken. DONE ♥

Shelby says
October 12, 2017 @ 16:30

oops i messed up…. I meant to say take the grain then take the fox then take then chicken! xD

Mark says
February 23, 2018 @ 16:00

Neck the chicken boot the fox into the river and leave the grain who wants that rubbish then go into your log cabin drinking beer and getting wasted

Mark says
February 23, 2018 @ 16:01

Or just advertise all 3 on eBay and take anything just to get rid of them

Simples says
March 14, 2018 @ 15:25

Always carry some string or zip ties. Or follow the advice of the guy who suggested getting wasted in the log cabin.

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