Hi there everyone. I am Annie aka Mountaingal from Cow Central here on top of the mountain in Upstate NY. Nice to be here with you all. I did post a question already and received a message. A few weeks ago a hen laid 19 eggs behind my front bushes. Then she took up residence. I was worried about Lucy ( I named her that) not eating so I laid some food and fresh water every day. Well last Saturday my Hubby came in and told me of Lucy's demise. He said there were chicken feathers and fox fur over the front yard and across the road so he said the fox must have taken her. I told hubby we needed to catch that fox and take it out but as life goes so went the Fox. It seems there is a 60 lb Coyote that snatched the fox and left part of his carcass and his tail across the creek in my neighbors side yard. Most of Lucy's eggs were broken into so we cleaned up the site and gone are the broken eggs. Apparently the coyote has been skulking around our fields looking for food. The deer have been staying low and so have the rabbits. All the men up here have their weapons loaded and are ready to take out the coyote which has become bolder coming down near the farms and farmhouses. Not good. As my hubby and other farmers mowed our fields that rascal came out of the woods and just stood there watching the men. My neighbor who Lucy belonged to has had other free range chickens of his that had been eaten. Its so easy to become attached to them like I did Lucy. I feel the loss over Lucy but my husband reminded me about the circle of life. I think that circle stinks. I think I will go out to the barn and name all the cows now. Sigh!