We've had chooks for going on 3 years. We lost a bird or two to dogs, or hawks, but lately this has gotten ridiculous. We used to free range. A few months back we lost two girls to what I think was a fox. Then the next time we let them loose we lost another one. So I figured we would have to wait until spring when the predators were not so desperate. But, one got out on her own and we lost her. Then DH let them out to clean the coop. With him right there and the shop vac and tractor running we lost another!!! Would a fox really come that close? I am pretty sure it isn't a dog, our own dog is very dog aggressive and would have a fit if there was a dog on our property. Will waiting til spring even fix this or are our free ranging days over now that something knows our chickens are here?