Proprietor, Fluffy Butt Acres
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Helps to know a little bit more. Thanks for sharing! You are lucky that there are less predators for chickens in Australia. Unfortunately everything there seems designed to kill humans! Especially the drop bears!I must say I’m so glad we don’t have half these nighttime predators here in Aus! My 2 ISA’s used to scare any crows and magpies that dared to land in the backyard, running at them and leaping with ‘talons out’. A poor seagull got the treatment one day too
Cats got on the fence but didn’t have much of a chance because our terrier mutt would burst out anyway being the sheriff he is and start the running off and the girls were so big they would intimidate the cats I guess, the cats never dared jumping down off the fence into the yard.
They would free range in the backyard all day, unsupervised for 2+ years without any incident.
With the newbies I am a bit less complacent. I feel I have had my eyes opened by you good folks on here and feel lucky that Penny and Bok got out unscathed. I shut the coop nightly just to be safe, haven’t done that since Pen and Bok were about 8 months old (Bok will be 3 in March)
They don’t have the freedom our first 2 had (of which we still have Bok) and our gardens and concrete are much neater for it They do have free range time each day and Belle is always hopping up on my knee to see if I have food, jumping down when I don’t
I won’t let them free range unsupervised with the dog yet either. He’s a great fella and I love him to death (first child before our now 5yo human child ) but the pullets move so fast I can see him getting excited and wanting to play but his play and what they can handle are 2 different things. He’s 11 but they still have puppy energy type moments.
Sorry for the novel, got a bit too into sharing