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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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90 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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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.

Woodstock says
April 28, 2018 @ 12:18

What would a farmer want a fox for anyway?

jerry says
May 13, 2018 @ 06:11

why not take corn,then take fox,then take chicken

Dan says
May 13, 2018 @ 08:02

Because the fox would eat the chicken.

Lee says
July 3, 2018 @ 14:45

First take the chicken, leaving the Fox with the grain. Then take the grain, leaving the Fox. Then lastly take the grain. Making all things safe on the way

Ron says
July 8, 2018 @ 01:27

Lee, you nincompoop! When you leave the chicken and the grain on side two to go get the fox, the chicken will eat the grain!

Philip says
July 8, 2018 @ 06:32

Take chicken.
Grab the fox next but come back with the chicken.
Grab the grain but leave chicken.
Come back for the chicken

Ellen says
August 7, 2018 @ 09:56

Or Take the fox over then come back, then take the grain and come back, then take the chicken and hes done

Ellen says
August 7, 2018 @ 09:57

Take the fox then grain the chicken done

Dan says
August 7, 2018 @ 10:41

The chicken already ate the grain when you took the fox.

Steve says
August 11, 2018 @ 21:21

Take the chicken, go back grab the fox, when you drop off the fox take the chicken back with you, leave the chicken but grab the grain, go across and leave the grain with the fox, then go back and get the chicken…. then cook the chicken because you are craving KFC but you are in the middle of the woods…. the end

Vicki says
August 13, 2018 @ 09:48

How do you get a chicken off of a boat, put it down, and pick up a wild fox, without the fox attacking the chicken? I mean, assuming these two animals care about nothing but eating. Since, in reality, they would just run away from you. Nothing about this riddle is logical.

bob says
September 7, 2018 @ 15:52

grab the chicken first then the corn but then take the chicken back and then grab the fox. Bring the fox to the other side and then go back to get the chcken. done easy peasie

Jakey says
September 21, 2018 @ 16:27

Kill the fox…easy

Bob says
November 11, 2018 @ 17:40

Take the fox and the grain put them across the river and then take the chicken and put that chicken across the river and done just leave and leave the boat in the middle of the river yay.

hello says
November 29, 2018 @ 11:02

take the chicken across the river, now take the grain across the river but consequently you will take the chicken back to the first hill, now take the fox across to the second hill, go back and take the chicken across!!! Yay your done!!

KittyQueen says
December 11, 2018 @ 07:57

This was so confusing at first and then i finally understood it! LOL

Jas says
January 2, 2019 @ 13:44

I would not take a fox on a boat with me. So none!

Walter says
January 16, 2019 @ 22:17

You take the chicken across, and leave the fox and the feed together. Go back and get the feed. Leave the feed and take the chicken back with you. Pickup the fox and leave the chicken. Leave the fox with the feed and go back to get the chicken. All three get across and nothing is eaten.

Danielle Donovan says
January 22, 2019 @ 17:42

Chicken grain chicken wolf

January 22, 2019 @ 18:29

NO NO you take the Grain, The Chicken will follow the grain and the Fox will follow the chicken

Alan Holmes says
February 26, 2019 @ 12:24

Shoot the chicken and eat it, shoot the fox and throw it in the river with the grain. Go to the pub.

Tim Fryer says
March 3, 2019 @ 14:50

Take the grain across and leave it. Come back and pick up the fox, take the fox across, leave the fox and put the grain back on the boat, take the grain back and leave it, pick the chicken up and take it across to the fox. Leave the chicken and come back for the grain, row back with the grain, job done.

Tim says
March 3, 2019 @ 14:56

Take the chicken, come back, take the fox and bring the chicken back, leave the chicken and take the grain across, come back and fetch the chicken.

Kingsman9 says
March 3, 2019 @ 16:41

Shoot the fox and the chicken

Peter says
March 6, 2019 @ 16:54

Take the chicken across in the boat then get the fox take it across leave the fox but go back with the chicken! (only one in the boat) drop the chicken off (where it started and get the grain in the boat leave it with the fox and go back for the chicken. At no point did you leave chicken and fox or grain and chicken for me he should get a bigger boat

Jeff says
March 26, 2019 @ 23:20

Eat the chicken

Jason says
March 29, 2019 @ 05:14

Take the fox first, go back for the grain and take the chicken last. Simple.

David Tanner says
March 29, 2019 @ 17:16

Definitely build a fire, roast the chicken, make bread with the grain and try to domesticate the fox!

Alice. Fox says
March 29, 2019 @ 17:21

When you are first given the chicken and the fox to take across to the island are the chicken and the fox in cages because obviously if they weren’t the fox being a wild animal would escape. This is a stupid puzzle. I wouldn’t waste my brain on it. Why do you want to take them across to the island anyway? If I was forced to I’d take the chicken across first, then the grain so it would have something to eat. Then I’d set the fox free on the mainland.

Izz says
March 30, 2019 @ 15:56

I don’t know I’m not a genius…

Poppy says
April 1, 2019 @ 15:26

Take the chicken
. Go back for the fox.
Return for the grain taking the chicken back.
Leave the chicken.
Take the grain and return for the chicken.
Not very bright any of you!

Daragh Lonergan says
April 2, 2019 @ 15:34

Take the fox let the chicken eat the grain bring the fox back let it eat the chicken bring the fox across they’re all inside the fox


Kill the animals stuff them in the grain bag sail three quarters across throw the animals across onto a pillow and sail to the other side and put the grain on the second side

A dude who hates you says
April 5, 2019 @ 13:32

You kill the fox and eat the chicken with the corn.

Ayanna says
April 6, 2019 @ 08:13

Take the chicken first
Then take the grain and bring the chicken back. Leave the chicken and bring the fox then go back for the chicken.
Plus if you had a fox the fox would eat you!

Jeff63 says
April 7, 2019 @ 06:16

Take grain then fox then chicken

Emelia Knight says
April 10, 2019 @ 12:51

Get a bigger boat…

Sharpy says
April 13, 2019 @ 04:50

Teach them to swim. GCSE maths right here.

I'm a freaking nerd says
April 27, 2019 @ 23:41

Take chicken over, leave it there. Bring the grain and switch the chicken for the grain. Bring the chicken back and then switch the fox with the chicken. That will leave the fox and the grain on the other side. Then, bring the chicken over and move on with your life.

James says
September 19, 2019 @ 18:20

First take the chicken then come back then take the grain up then grab the chicken then bring it back after that grab the fox take it up then come back for chicken take it up and it’s all at your farm

Mia says
November 9, 2019 @ 08:19

Take the chick across then go and get the grain take the chicken back to the other side grab the fox and then take the chicken

Gdyvfycch says
December 8, 2019 @ 09:04

Take the grain first then the fox and then the chicken

Anonymous says
December 13, 2019 @ 01:29

Take the chicken first, than go back to get the fox, and grab the chicken to go back, then leave the chicken and bring the grain over and go back to get the chicken.

stephanie catheine cavanaugh harrison says
January 4, 2020 @ 23:00

the chicken goes first and the fox and the con are fine togther ,then man grabs the fox and s=brings him over but since he can’t leave fox with chicken he takes the chicken back across, but then grabs the corn to take over with the fox so the chicken isn’t left with the corn..thus follows he then finishes by grabbing the chicken again lastly.

lilah says
March 27, 2020 @ 18:11

if you did what gdyvycch said you would leave the fox with the chicken I agree with mia.

Alivia says
August 20, 2020 @ 09:24

First take the chicken over then the fox then the grain.

Levi says
September 30, 2020 @ 11:11

So send the chicken over then the grain then bring back the chicken then gap the fox then go back grap the chicken and then you are all good

Michael says
February 8, 2021 @ 20:33

Take the chicken over. Come back and get the fox, but on the way over, net a duck from the river. Drop off the fox and feed it the duck, That’l keep it busy while you go back to get the grain.

Bob says
February 15, 2021 @ 20:06

My wife had a funny and easier solution than anyone…. 1) Take the chicken over and drop it off. 2). Go back and get the fox and throw it in the river (they can swim across the river beside your boat), and take the grain and paddle faster than the fox. The moral of this efficient answer… “Think outside the box….even if you work in a cubicle”….Bob F

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