Just want to let everyone know that after a summer of losing 4 plump New Hampshire hens and 3 wonderful guineas, we finally caught and killed the critter that caused the problem! A nasty, scabby, very mangy fox stuck his head in our snare today and finished up being shot. We had seen it out here on four different occassions and as it got sicker it got more brazen, snatching the girls at noon and sometimes ripping them apart right outside the barn. I have never seen such a sick looking animal and hope to never see one again. It did not have one hair left on it and the trapper who finally got it said that the reason they get so brazen is that their eyesight deteriorates as the mange progresses so that my plump little hens were the only things it could catch any more. We had to take precautions while getting it out of the snare and burying it to the extent of burying the gloves we used and bleaching the shovel! The thing had tried to catch a hen on Monday at noon and since I was home on lunch I was able to chase it away. We kept the chickie kids all in the barn since then so they thought mommy was being really mean! All 40 of the remaining chickies played and ran in the yard tonight like kids let out of school!!! Hope there are no more mangy fox left around here! The trapper left several live-traps set around our barn just in case........ Anyone else ever have something like this?