DH heard a strange noise the other day and looked out the window--there, in broad daylight on the deck, a fox had one of our hens pinned down with its front paws, and was tearing feathers out!! The strange noise was the fox trying to spit out the feathers, I think. He ran out, threw his hat at the fox (which didn't move an inch), then threw a rock at it, and it let go of the hen, which ran away, fast!! She is missing two patches of feathers, but its been a week and she is otherwise completely fine!!!