... good thing the birds weren't! The girls have spent the end of Winter @ another chicken friend's and the boys go into a dog crate @ night since the vicious mink attack. Plans are underway for a new pen & coop before the girls come back home AND THIS IS THE VERY REASON! Let the boys out this morning and Miss Maddie (the old GSDog) walked into the open secondary pen sniffing... winds... and a garbage can that, when needed, holds cracked corn and other treats had blown over and the lid was off... went to set it aright and... COON Broad daylight! She was so still and laying so, that we thought she might have babies in there with her. No babies, thank goodness... it was hard enough to dispatch her with her eyes just looking up @ us... but neccessary. The new pen & coop will be AS SECURE AS WE CAN MAKE IT! It was good to find her in there to remind myself that, even though I haven't seen any evidence of anything around lately... THEY ARE STILL OUT THERE and looking for an easy, tasty chicken dinner! Could have been worse AND a good reminder. Am looking forward to getting the girls back soon... guess we'd better get to work! May all your days be filled with fresh eggs and you nights with NO predators!