I posted a while back about a fox that I caught carrying off one of my chickens (she died a few days later btw). Well since then every couple of days I notice somebody missing. I have a mixed age/breed/sex flock ranging from hatched June 2nd to hatched in late January. I have one girl laying an egg a day for me and a few that should start laying any minute. The older hens (5ish months and up) have started hopping right out of the pen and wandering the yard all day. Last night we found 4 of them roosting on the railing of my back porch. I'm thinking they don't feel safe in their little pen/coop. Anyway at about 2am I heard clucking and looked out the window. The fox was standing in the yard about 20 feet away from the porch and then headed right up to it. I ran to the back door and flashed the back porch light on and off and opened the door a crack and slammed it back shut. I was afraid to open it all the way. I looked out and the fox was gone. I don't think it came back because nobody's missing today. I don't know what to do. I don't have the money or the skill to do much to keep the fox away. I have no gun and don't want one in my house (I have a 3 year old in order to keep a gun loaded and accesible for me to grab and shoot something, it would also be accessible to my 3 year old). I have materials to build a better pen (4x4s, feild fence, plywood etc..just need hardware cloth), but nobody to build it. A friend loaned me a live trap but it's small. The fox would fit in it, but I doubt it would go in it. I tried tying my labrador up out there next to the chickens but she isn't used to being left in the yard alone and just kept barking at everything that moved so I had to bring her in. My other dogs are small and would do the same thing. I guess I'm not even asking for advice here since I know the only way to keep the fox away from the chickens is to build a better pen (right not the fence is on tposts, only 3 feet tall and the have short little a frame coops for shelter..they hop right out of they want to). This is just frustrating. I've looked up repellents, but it sounds like they only work some of the time. Looks like I may have to sell off the chickens and wait til tax return time when I can pay someone to build my pen for me. GRRR! I was thinking they may be safer if I turn them all loose and let them find their own place to roost, but there aren't many trees in my yard and I'm not finding evidence that they're getting taken from then pen. It's the ones out in the yard that are getting picked off. The girls on the railing must have looked like a buffet.