Keeping 100 + souls healthy and happy and safe from predators is a full time job...
and one we take quite seriously.
Protecting our precious friends has been a challenge and a learning experience.
We have secure housing for our animals and good fencing.
One of the most dangerous areas of the farm is the pond.
The pond is located at the edge of the woods.
Asside, from floating in the middle of the pond,
there is no other safe area for the ducks that live there.
And, sadly, though they may be safe from land mammals,
the are "sitting ducks" for owls who hunt silently and stealthily at night.
For this reason, we have a light at the duck hut by the pond that shines
during the night... in an effort to blind the owls... whose vision is better in the dark than the light.
Our woods are full of coyotes, coy-wolves (a coyote/wolf hybrid),
bobcats, hawks, owls, raccoons, mink, to name just a few.
Luckily, none of these (except the hawks) tend to hunt during the daylight hours.
Chickens are vary wary of what is in the sky,
and will take cover if they suspect that a predator is near.
Having chicken yards with wire roofing has helped to keep chickens relatively safe from hawks.
Having the chicken housing...