this morning in the dark at 4 am, went out to the coop for chicken chores before leaving for work.
I'm not that skittish, but there was some serious rustling going on in the run, and something was thrashing around. I could see a pair of eyes but they were not in the same area as the big thrashing , like something was ricocheting around the underbrush (part of the run is seriously overgrown).
I stook stock still and thought. Ok, not bears, coyotes, fox, coons. Rabbit? thrashing? And the eyes.....cat?
Went into the run, thinking, maybe opening the coop doors and leaving for work isn't such a hot idea....what ever critter is in the run could get inside the coop to the sleeping hens.
Found the eyes in the headlamp beam again and just talked to the critter. Finally saw it was the black and white cat that has been hanging around and that usually takes off like a flash! I'm sure it likes the water for the chickens, and there has to be some seriously good mice hunting.
I can't believe I was so jittery! For a few minutes I was seriously contemplating calling in late to work so I could wait til dawn to open up the coops.