Yesterday afternoon--yep, in broad daylight--my husband saw a NEW fox in our stallion paddock (on the far opposite side of the property from where the chickens are). This is not the same fox that killed 22 of our chickens back in the spring--we still have not seen that one show up again since we got our depredation permit. This new guy (another male) is bigger, heavier, and more fully red where the other one has black points. This one is gorgeous. Gorgeous. ANYWAY. We're trying to shore up our defenses, especially since this new fox was inside one of our perimeter fences during the daytime--the other fox never, ever was that bold. And besides the fox (or foxes), the raccoons have apparently finished nursing their new families, because after about a 2-month respite from them, we're dealing with them in large numbers again. Free-ranging only happens when we're at home, and we've discovered that the turkeys are fantastic alarm systems for anything unusual. It's night-time that worries us. We've got the runs and flight-pens heavily fortified with electric fencing, even more so since a raccoon showed us a weak spot--we now have the support posts encircled with loops of hot-wire at regular intervals. There's a double-spotlight in front of the chicken yard, and the turkey pen can be lit with the barn lights. We have a motion-sensor alarm in place (which, unfortunately, gets set off by the cats from time to time), and Hav-A-Hart traps are set every night. We're considering the addition of a couple of new night-watcher lights, which would illuminate the area and just stay on all night--we'd have no control over when they turned on and off, it would be automatic--AND/OR adding some motion-triggered spotlights. My question, to those of you who have tried lights as a predator deterrent, is: Does it work? Does it at least seem to help?