Tonight I saw a massive dog fox trying to get in the quail pen. The chickens & rabbits were locked in the sheds & I was only alerted by the top hutch doe who spotted it through the shed window & sounded the alarm. Honest to god, the thing was 4ft in length with a huge head & neck, about the size of a standard collie, but its head & kneck were huge! It scared the hell out of me because at first glance I thought "What the hell is that, OMG its a GSD in the garden!" Then I saw it more clearly & I had to bang on the window twice to distract it before I rushed to the back door & let the two bully breed dogs out who then chased it out of the garden. And I've just found out that I can't do a thing about it. Read this: Why Get Rid of Foxes? Foxes are solitary, nocturnal animals who stick to their own ‘patch’ – a territory which they mark by fouling. Vixens can have one litter of cubs a year and will look for somewhere warm and safe to rear them for up to nine weeks after they’re born. Many people find foxes in gardens and immediately wonder ‘how do I get rid of foxes in my garden?’ It’s important to note that foxes are not classed as pests or vermin, so local councils and many pest control companies do not deal with fox control and will not supply a fox repellent. Foxes are protected under wildlife protection regulations and it is illegal to poison, maim, gas, drown, club or snare them. Anyone who illegally harms a fox faces a £5,000 fine and a six month prison sentence. Foxes do not pose a threat to people, or cats and dogs and the high profile cases of fox attacks are extremely rare. Foxes will, however, kill natural prey creatures such as birds and small mammals if given the chance. Perhaps surprisingly to some, domestic cats spread more diseases than foxes do; however, foxes can suffer from mange and spread diseases like toxoplasmosis and toxocara through their faeces. Foxes may cause a nuisance by fouling in gardens to mark their territory and digging dens under decking and sheds as well as barking loudly, especially during mating season. Urban foxes are also often accused of causing a mess by rummaging around in bins and spreading rubbish. This may be enough for many people to wish to use a fox deterrent such as a natural fox repellent or anti-fox spray. Now I know for a fact that deterrents are useless. And I can't afford electric fencing or trap the thing on the sly because we have close neighbors. What can I do? Of course there's fox proofing & we already jave the basics I.E the pens are wire bottomed etc & the sheds are secure, but I've known them to chew into sheds & through wire because we had one break into a shed years ago (chewed the corner of the shed door away overnight & killed a rabbit in a hutch), but I know whatever I do, the thing will probably break through it. I'm so worried about my animals, I think I'll have to start staking out the garden every night at 2AM Or can I move the 2 dogs into the chicken coop? They are fully trusted guarding breeds & excellent with the chickens (we have our rooster who spends the night in the dog bed with them every night) & if I leave the coop door open then the dogs will be able to patrol the garden overnight. Also, the hens would be able to come & go as they please when the daylight gets well enough for them. No way would a fox be able to sneak past 2 dogs, the garden is too small.