Mornings

 

This is how the chickens greet me every morning–they want out!  I shut them in every night because we have a lot of fox in our woods, although I do think a truce of sorts has been reached with the fox.  Let me explain.  I have known there are fox in our woods since moving here.  I see their dens, I hear them yipping from time to time, and I am quite sure there’s a female who raises kits every year judging by the types of yips and the activity I observe.  A couple years ago when I first got chickens, I was afraid to let them out at all.  But, gradually I lightened up and let them free range during the day.  One day, just by pure happenstance, I was looking out on my back yard in the middle of the afternoon and saw a fox rush in and grab a chicken and hightail it back to the woods.  I ran outside yelling for my dog, Sheila, and she was there in a flash, ran down the hill after the fox, and believe it or not, herded that chicken back to safety.  It’s a story I wouldn’t have believed unless I saw it myself.  She’s an awesome dog!  Of course after that I kept my chickens penned up again for a short time before letting them free range during the day, but it’s been almost 2 years and I haven’t seen any signs of fox since then.  A truce between dog and fox?

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4 thoughts on “Mornings

  1. What an amazing dog you have!! My Kuvasz (a guard dog) recently killed a possum who was hanging around the chicken area, but I don’t know if she would have run after a fox and saved the chicken!! Amazing!! What kind of dog do you have? I love the look of your blog.

    1. Sheila is part Chow we think and maybe part Australian Shepherd. She was abandoned by her owners and we took her in, and she’s been an awesome dog for us. She wants no part of being in the house, she has a job to do taking care of our animals and takes it seriously. A couple weeks ago she alerted me that my horses had gotten out. It was pitch black outside and I might not have known it if she hadn’t barked–she only barks when something is wrong. Glad you like my blog!

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