See this ravine/gully?
Fox territory!!! (Fun things you can do with Internet images and PicMonkey)
See who else lives down there? (More fun things you can do with PicMonkey)
Sunday evening the dogs were barking (nothing new there) and I went out to see what was capturing their attention. It was the fox. Fortunately the chickens were already in bed for the night, tucked away safely where they can't be killed. But are they going to have to spend their lives in their yard? Certainly a fox can jump their fence so they aren't really safe in there. It just keeps them from wandering around and catching the fox's eye. Or maybe that's a silly way to look at it. Would they be safer out and about?
We routinely let the dogs out of their yard to run on the property in the morning and again in the evening. During the rest of the day, we usually let the donkeys out of their area to roam the property and eat weeds or sleep under the eucalyptus tree. With the fox wandering around, probably seeking food for babies, we now leave the dog's gate open so they can run out back to chase away intruders.
The dogs can't get to the front of the property, which happens to be where the chickens live. So we are still vulnerable. It's not fun, changing the routine. Animals like routine and so do I. This is what the chickens should be doing.
Enjoy your Thursday. We are still on high alert. The pellet gun is close at hand, not that I could hit anything....but it makes a noise, right?