Things that go Bump in the Night!
A few days ago while we were having dinner, the chickens started to make a ruckus. Michelle raced out to see what was up. She found one of the bottom “hot” wires still vibrating. Something was trying to have a chicken dinner! This happens every few months, something tries to get into the coop area. When we first set up the fence we placed some peanut butter on some tin foil and placed it on one of the lower wires. Well about 3am Michelle was awakened by a animal scream, something had tried the peanut butter. This is cause baiting the fence. You do this BEFORE you place your livestock in an area so that the local predators know this is not a place for them. Also we play a radio in the area at night. Wild animals generally fear humans. So the sound of a human voice tends to keep them at bay. In the years we have had chicken we have not lost a single one to predation. A few days later we saw that a opossum was hit along the road. We believe this is what tried to get into the area.
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