Not So Fantastic Mr Fox
We have had a visitor of late. Before I go much further I will state that NONE of our ladies have been hurt or injured – just had their feathers ruffled a little.
The “Not so fantastic Mr Fox” has been visiting. In the early hours of the morning – just as it starts to get light.
The master bedroom in our house is located on the eastern end of the house. Our windows look out over the vegetable garden and down toward the dam. Between the garden fence and the dam is a grassed “nothing organised yet” kind of space. This is where our chookies live.
They are housed in a “chook tractor” type of set up – a steel contraption that has a nesting section and a grassed section that can be moved around relatively easily. They live in here most of the time and we let them out when we are at home. Unfortunately they can’t wander free all of the time due to local dogs that also roam free. We prefer the moveable house set up to that of a fixed pen because it means that they have fresh grass everyday and their living quarters don’t become messy and smelly. I would LOVE to have them out scritching and scratching all of the time but it is just not feasible (nor safe) for them to do so. If you want to see some brilliant free range forest chook images then have a look at Kate’s photos on her instagram feed. Stunning.
Anyway…. back to the Not Fantastic Mr Fox story. For a few mornings in a row last week we were awakened to the sound of unhappy chooks. Chooks squawking and carrying on. Obviously not sleeping and resting.
A quick jump up to look out the window proved what we had suspected.
A fox prowling around the outside of the pen.
Front legs resting on the top of the cage.
Upsetting our chooks.
Yelling and screaming from the window (they are only 20 metres away) did nothing. By the time we had jumped out of bed and run outside waving arms and hollering it was gone. Fortunately none of the chooks were hurt – just a bit panicked. We were fairly confident that the fox couldn’t get in – simply because the cage is so well put together. It also has fox guards around the base that stop digging (which is often how foxes penetrate chook cages).
So our ladies are okay (and happy again).
And we are grumpy with the fox.
I talked about our ladies over at The Shake last week – about how much we love them and how I think that they are brilliant pets (for both urban and rural dwellers).
Do you have chooks at your house? Do you have unexpected visitors?
I have joined up with Essentially Jess today because I managed to blog on a Tuesday!by