My lovely australorpe hen was taken this afternoon. She was the matron of the flock. She mothered some campine chicks and looked out for predators before we had any roosters. Poor Blackie, it may have happened as we were resetting the fox trap. So far we have lost 3 Isa Browns that we raised from eggs and a sweet little bantam that we only had for a couple of weeks and now Blackie one of our original chooks. They hate being cooped up, so I let them free range all day, I am home most of the time and they keep me company around the place. Apart from keeping them locked up any good methods of trapping them? I have had no luck with the fox trap that I have hired. I thought they were supposed to come at night or in the morning, this fox always strikes from about 2pm, but not sure exactly when Blackie was taken. Feelin sad.