Horrible sight when I went out to the run this morning. A fox had devoured four of my chickens - blood, feathers and bits of bodies scattered all over. It's the first time in six years that I've had a visit from a predator. I suspect that my electric fence failed to give the verminous red fiend a jolt because it was earthing in the snow, reducing its power. Usually I keep my chickens in a secure run in winter and switch off the fence, but winter here in Scotland has been quite mild until the past week or two, so guess I just got careless. If you have an electric fence please be aware that it won't work as well in the snow. In the meantime, I'm off to get myself a good fox trap. Do they sell ones with an in-built water-boarding feature? Would happily use it on the little foxy *@%%*.