So now that I'm incredibly pregnant and unable to deal with much of anything, I've experienced my first chicken loss due most likely to internal laying a few weeks ago, and last night I was awaken by the sound of some kind of bird being tortured to death. When I went out to look I saw a fox scurry across my front lawn, not far from the coop. Fortunately all my girls were fine so some other poor bird must have fallen victim to this fox, but of course now I'm freaking out that my girls will be next. The problem is, being "in my condition" I can no longer do what I would normally do, go out and dig trenches and bury more wire around the coop and basically do everything possible to reinforce my coop. So I'm looking for any simple suggestions that I could try to help deter the fox. Fortunately I did have the girls locked into their coop last night because it was going to be chilly. I'll keep doing this now obviously (often this time of year at night I'll leave the pop door open to the run but not anymore!) I also won't allow them to free range like I normally do when I come home from work in the afternoons. Anything else I can do? Have DH pee around the coop? Have my dog pee around the coop (he's small and couldn't fight off a fox but maybe the fox wouldn't know that based on urine)? Any other deterrents? This is so darn stressful. I haven't had a single problem with illness or predators in my first three years of chicken keeping and now that I can't do much, I'm getting struck by everything that can go wrong!