(I'm new and I think I posted this in the wrong thread earlier?) I have been wanting to join B.Y.C for a while, I've learned so much from just reading everyone's post and everything, and tonight I decided to go on and join. I have bad news however. We have a large flock of many different breeds, and out top rooster, (American Game mutt of some kind) Paul was killed by a fox. I was really attached to the lil guy. The previous owner said he was trying to kill all of his roosters and wanted to get rid of him, but as soon as I laid my eyes on him, I connected with him. He had mites, scaly mites, bumble foot, and many other ailments, but once we got him back into working order, he was so kind to the roosters! He fathered all the younger ones, looking out for them and saved them the fox twice! but sadly Sunday morning, Paul was eaten by that evil fox. I loved foxes before I loved chickens, so no hating one is new to me. Paul was a tough old bird who survived two attacks and I was hoping he would just show back up, but than I found most of his feathers yesterday in the woods behind our property, I just cried, even though I got him for dinner, he had become my dear friend. I would post a pic, but I have not figured that out yet well anyways, I just wanted to share that story, I know many of you have gone through this same ordeal of losing a pet, and even if he had gotten one of our layers or unnamed guys, I would still be upset for the money and time, but this was a good rooster. Here is the problem. We have now lost three birds. I fear this might be a mama, with babies. I would rather not leave the babies out to starve to death, any advice would be appreciated! Also, we have very secure chicken pins, and only the roosters, ducks, and a few turkeys free range, but we have not yet put up the fence around our property, but will soon. I don't know how much a fence will stop a fox though?