...but alas... So, last week we had a predator visit the pens (scaled the 6 foot block fence, trampled the plants around the pens and climbed on top and started to rip up the wire before the dogs scared it off). I reinforced the tops, and had the brainiac idea to add a string of Christmas lights...set on the most annoying, blinking, strobe light type setting. I pushed all the red ones thru the (dry...very dry) reed fencing so they pointed up (DBF said it looked like a runway for Owls ) After all of this, as I went out to gaze upon my Disco-inspired aviaries, I remembered the "other" evil creatures that I battle with. Roof Rats. Now granted, I have eliminated or discouraged most of them with a strict regime of picking up all food at dusk, Live traps, snap traps, Electric trap AND plaster rodent balls, but I still know they occasionally visit just to annoy me and chew things that dont make any sense (to me anyway) So as I was thinking about how smart I was with the Christmas lights poking through reed fencing, I just as quickly was very discouraged to realize it could all go up in fire ball if a rodent decides to test his chompers on the strand. Bummer. Guess I need to go read up on those Night Guard lights.