We just lost our first chicken, and he was everyone's favorite. I came outside and noticed the girls in the front yard and Roosie wasn't there. I went out back looking for him, calling him and saw a fox run out of bushes....I ran to the bushes and our 7 month old Buff Orpington Roo was in there I got to him before the fox could eat him, but he was already dead. We didn't hear a commotion, so I think maybe the rooster led him away from his girls. We had seen the fox at daybreak and dusk. I never thought he'd come in the middle of the day. We have hawks around but a lot of tree cover and hiding spots for them. Unfortunately we'll have to keep the girls in the run now and expand it. I don't think I could have the heart to free range them anymore since they are a small pet flock (just 3 EE pullets and 1 buff orp pullet-roo's sister). We already keep our silkies in a tractor since they have no chance to get away from even a cat. Now we have to decide whether to get a new rooster or not...to get a grown one...any suggestions? We're going to incubate eggs from him and a couple of the girls (can they have been refridgerated at all and still incubate?) How long can they be fertilized after today?