This morning I was looking out the window into my backyard, when I saw 3 grey fox cubs (look to be almost adult size) playing on the grass near my 2 sheds. They were running under one side of a shed and coming out the other side, chasing each other around. Looks like they live under one of them. Cute I thought. Then the realization came that I have 51 twelve day old freedom ranger chicks in my basement, starting to outgrow their brooder. I'm going to be using 42" tall electric poultry netting and a moveable shelter to house the chickens, starting at two weeks, or so I thought. I plan on surrounding the chicks with 3' tall chicken wire until they can no longer fit through the larger holes in the poultry netting, a fence within a fence. The area I need to use for the chickens is very close to these sheds. 20 feet away or so. I'm going to be shifting the shelter and fencing all over this side of my yard. I have never raised a chicken until now. I know that the fence is good at keeping away predators, but with the foxes living so close, and being so tempted I'm not so sure it will work. Even if if does keep the foxes out, I'm pretty sure the chickens won't do well with the drooling canines sitting outside their enclosure all the time. I'm assuming they will cower in their shelter, not eating and drinking properly. I'm new to the country life and gardening/raising animals, but it seems to me the it's either the foxes or the chickens. Dose anyone have experience scaring foxes off? Beneath the shed is pretty open around much of the perimeter, as the shed sits on a slope. There are cinder blocks and rocks from the lase owner surrounding a lot of the base. It's probably rather secure feeling under there. I'm thinking of removing the rocks and weeds and putting a shop light under there for a couple days. Do you think that might scare them off? Is there much danger that they could try to bite me? I'll try to scare them off before I go sticking my hand down there. Then I will try to block them out with wood, etc What are the rules in NY about shooting animals that pose a threat to your livestock? Or do they have to actually get one? Any suggestions or thoughts? I kind of need to get the chickens outside soon. They are getting big quickly!