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There’s a fox lurking on our road these days. Two of our ducks disappeared in the past week and so we needed to put all of the freeranging poultry under lockdown.

Their safehouses are clean(ish), spacious enough, and above all, safe.

Our spoiled chickabiddies are without access to the great outdoors in the sense that they’re used to the run of the property, including the meadows and woods where foraging and dustbaths are plentiful.

I hate putting them behind bars.  It’s temporary until the fox-scare abates.

Getting everyone into the coops and garden is a trick.  It takes a couple of days sometimes.  Also, Escapees are frequent in the first days after collecting them.

Yesterday morning, when I was supposed to be baking pies, I spent a couple of hours trying to catch up some rogues before they became breakfast for the fox family.

So far, this morning has been uneventful though when I was doing the chores earlier, man did I sense the evil eye.  I’m not popular with the feathered prisoners.

I apologized and told them it was tough love.  I also promised them treats.  I’m really good at mother-guilt.

Tangerine, our little Rhode Island Red Bantam, is about 6 years old.  Her point of view within the coop yard.
Tangerine, our little Rhode Island Red Bantam, is about 6 years old. Her point of view within the coop yard.
a nice place to hang out and stay safe from the fox
a nice place to hang out and stay safe from the fox
too small to play with the others yet
too small to play with the others yet
Wrong side of the fence, still
Susannah & the little bantam, free, but not really
On the wrong side of the fence
I’m a master at capturing Susannah by now – I have a tricky system of luring her into the coop while the others are locked out.  She eventually goes inside to get some grain.  I then run out from my hiding place and lock the door.  Quite enthusiastically, in case you were wondering.
Encouraging the others to breakaway from the garden compound
Escaped Indian Runner Duck, encouraging the others to breakaway from the garden compound
One of the escape holes that the ducks used
One of the escape holes that the ducks used
Back to the garden compound for you, dearie!
Back to the garden compound for you, dearie!
Back in the safety of the garden compound
They’ve got all day to scheme up new breakaway plans.

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