Tonight just short of midnight a fox attacked four chickens roosting on front porch. This occured despite two dogs roaming to prevent such from occurring. Dogs oscillate back and forth between house and pens out in pasture and fox came in when dogs where on pasture side of patrol. My valuable birds are in pens while this winter the four on porch are culls represented by the following; game stag, 3/4 game x 1/4 red jungle fowl pullet, F2 Dominique x game stag, and an F1 back-cross dominique x game (3/4 dom x 1/4 game). Normally the front porch is a pretty safe place to roost but tonight fox tried its luck and pulled the game stag off a plastic rack where birds were all about 3.5 feet above the ground. I was trying to sleep inside (difficult when probably drunk adolescent kids where driving 4-wheeler with bad muffler up and down lane) when could first hear game stag squalling on front porch and then into side yard. I quickly got up to look outside with flashlight but dogs where already back and growling by time I got light on situation. Dogs apparently briefly or almost caught fox resulting in stag running back to porch. As I surveyed birds to assess damage, dogs had noses popping trying to track fox which took a route going away from pens relative to porch. The dogs ran over hill after fox but it managed to get away. All the birds had bailed from roost site and had to be picked up and placed on highest level. Additionally I placed a couple planters so fox would not be able to directly see birds if it came back. I inspected the stag and he lost a lot of feathers on his saddle and a few from tail and hackles but no bite marks where evident that actually went into flesh or skin. Best I can determine fox grabbed stag by tail, pulled him down to ground level, grabbed bird repeatedly by back and then carried him about 40 feet before dogs intervened to break up party. The squalling of rooster helped bring in another predator to interfere with first which is what occurs in nature. In this case is likely saved rooster's life and increased odds I would get involved as well. The birds feathers apparently interfered with foxes ability to get a good hold or deliver a damaging bite. Many feathers were lost but all could be replaced by end of February if allowed. The feathers actually helped save birds life as well as serve a sign of where action took place. This same fox was around last month. Then I purposely restrained dogs to see how fox was probing pens when wife released dogs resulting in elder dog actually bowling over fox but not getting it. It stayed away until tonight. The close encounters between dogs and fox are why dogs actually killed one and chewed up another in last 9 months. We are going to get this one since it is clearly got a knack for trying to beat dogs and keep me up at night. I think this fox does get a few birds from folks to east as they seem to keep changing the types of adult birds running about. Looks like neighbors buy POL pullets to replace losses to varmints thus keeping fox in eats. This has been an unusual year in respect to predators. Fox comes in on what are near suicide runs (getting nothing but feathers all year) and barred owls fly into house (to be caught by dogs) and hunting in broad daylight at all hours. Things are going to get real fun if significant snow hits. Drought must be making life real tough.