Doing laundry this morning I heard the chickens start making quite a racket. It didn't sound like the usual "Hey look at me, I just laid the biggest egg." racket, so I ran out there. Scared up a fox coming out of the coop. As far as I can tell, he (she) didn't get anything. The hens are still on their nests. I haven't seen the chicks, though, I hope they're still out there. I think it's time I take a gun safety course. I have never shot a gun in my life and I really never wanted to. But if I need to defend my animals, I think I'll have to try. I let our "good for nothing" dog out of his kennel in hopes that he really is good for something. He likes to bum when he's free, but I explained the situation to him and what I expect.
Also, last Thursday, a stray dog wandered into our yard. She's a young black lab who has been all around the neighborhood. Probably someone dropped her off. Our neighbor has been feeding her and evidently she wasn't getting enough, because she came over and got herself a chicken. We chained her up so that she couldn't do that anymore, and my honey said he'd have to shoot her. Dd started in and begged for a chance to find her a home. Honey caved and now this chicken killer is chained to our extra doghouse. (Probably in cahoots with the fox.) Well my daughter has really been trying hard to find this dog a home, even pushed her at our rummage sale, but no takers. She's a nice dog, if you don't have chickens. Young and friendly. Today is the deadline. No shelters will take her. Sheriff's dept. says to shoot her. We should have gotten rid of her on Thursday, now dd is attached and this will be hard. Anyone have any advice? Anyone want a dog?