Yes...a fox. First time in my life I've had to deal with a fox prowling around. I've seen this fox a couple times now...mostly after she has already killed one or two of my chickens. For a fox it's easy pickins jumping a chicken in the yard. And is extremely discouraging to lose your chickens two at a time to a fox.
So after much a do...I've finally decided to build a fortress around the barn. Nature has spoken...it's time to protect the birds. We've lost nearly a dozen hens this summer to the fox...so as they say...if you can't beat em...or defeat em....join em (or in this case...build a better protective fencing system around your birds).
Between the redtail hawks/ great-horned owl/ raccoons/ possums/ skunk and fox...nature has spoken. Obviously. The battle is futile. So time to shore up the defenses.
Gonna take me some time/ effort/ and a nice chunk of change but between now and Spring....the matrix is going to be changing around here.
Go pick on someone else's chickens ye ole wild meat eaters.
These photos below were all taken by my hunting camera approximately 80-100 ft from the back of the barn where the chickens roost at night. Yep it's wild kingdom out here.