I did a search but didnt find quite what I was looking for- Anyhow, the local fox has finally discovered my yard. I was out planting tulip bulbs in my front yard this afternoon while my girls were exterminating bugs & spiders from the side of the house. Next thing I knew, they were cackling & scattering like mad. I looked up in time to see a fox barreling into the back yard chasing two of my hens. I dont remember getting to my feet, but I covered the 50' or so faster than I'd ever thought possible, screaming for my dog, Daisy, to "get it!" Bless her labrador heart- she came FLYING by me barking her head off and chasing the [email protected] thing over the fence and into the neighbors yard. Everyone survived- shaken, but unscathed. Daisy kept checking both yards while I herded the girls into their run. She even kept trotting back & forth between me and the coop while I finished planting my flowers. I lost a hen- a bantam cochin frizzle named Shizzle, last week to an unknown predator attack. While I was out searching for her, I saw a large orange-ish thing streak across the clearing on the other side of my yard. I couldnt get a good look at it, but now I'm convinced it was a fox, probably the same one I saw today. While I dont *like* keeping them penned up all the time, I know they're safest there. I built my coop and run to be everything-I-could-think-of proof, right down to the reinforced hardware cloth, multiple latches on every entry point, a sliding chicken door that only opens from the inside, and the fact that the whole thing is sitting on a 24" thick concrete pad. Between the two structures, there is enough room for the 7 EE's and 4 bantams to be comfortable, even if they're not terribly happy about it. So I CAN conceivably keep them penned up for awhile if I have to. That said- is it possible to wait out a fox? How long does that take, do you reckon? Or should I just bite the bullet and call the critter-remover-guy? I live in a residential area, and I've got houses on all four sides, so shooting it really isnt an option and from what I've read, trapping it is unlikely at best.