Fox was back this morning. Not sure I ever shared that here but there was a fox outside the gate 3 weeks ago then when we were in NH for a few days maybe 2 weeks ago my brother, who was watching the pets, thought maybe it came back because he came to the house to get the dog and apparently he was all riled up and stressed and took him maybe an hour to calm down. Didn't actually see it though so we don't know if it was a fox or coyotr or simply a deer or something. Then this morning at about a quarter to 8am the dog started going BALLISTIC. Look out and see a fox running laps around the chicken pen. He would stop once or twice, look at the birds and the house/pant, then continue lapping it. I opened the door and he took off into the woods immediately. Then I went back to sleep for 15, 20 mins until the dog was begging to go out so I let him cause I figured the fox was long gone by then. He sniffed all over and pooped by where he went into the woods. He was very mad. Glad we have him though. The weird thing is he didn't try to get in. I know he was probably thinking of how to get those birds hence the stopping (or maybe he heard Gator) but he didn't try to dig in or anything. I'm sure maybe he will though. The other kind of funny thing (I know, nothing funny about this cause it's a wild animal and real threat) is how similar all canines act. Before Gator learned how to mind his manners with the birds he would take off and lap around the pen too if you weren't watching and just have a grand old time and the neighbor's dog got loose and did it once too, but only a couple laps before he went home. But it's just interesting how similar canines act, lapping the pen. The fox looked like he was having a grand time too. Though of course he was probably looking for a free meal. Speaking of which, there are plenty of rabbits, squirrels, etc. Around, they are literally always in our yard, no shortage of food, so why is he so interested in the chickens? I'm just glad we have that dog kennel because if it can contain dogs, even big dogs, surely it can keep out canines, especially little foxes. The chickens were of course scared though but oddly didn't fly on the roof or anything and were in fact kind of near the fence. I hope they don't become immune to canine chasing. Though they did at least look scared still. Anyhow, it's more just annoying than anything. I'm just glad I haven't been free ranging lately. I might start but certainly not in the early morning or evening. The last fox sighting was about 4:30 or 5am so almost 8am seems a little late for foxes to be hunting? But it's still early I guess. My brother thought it was weird it was out in the day because he thought foxes were nocturnal? I don't know their behavior pattern? But don't think it's always bad if one is out in the day especially early morning? He looked big and healthy, long body and long bushy tail, lighter brownish red color and some black, not the typical red red fox, darker face, I thought he looked pretty small or young but maybe not. Regardless, real healthy looking and ran away as soon as I opened the door so definitely not rabid. Or hungry.