i truly appreciate your kindness, even though we seem to be currently at odds. i have observed some fairly frenetic mating amongst the grey squirrels, so they most likely have started teeny families up in our pine trees. That may be why they are so bold and relentless in coming after food. They have at times gotten into the big girl pen, but not so worried there. Those big girls could take them easy in a fight. It's the little kids i'm worried about. And, if they would just eat their daily ration of peanuts i put out, that would be one thing. But they hide those and then come after the chicken feed. i have tiny peanut plants sprouting up all over. Maybe i need to borrow my sister's dogs for a week or so. Her little schipperke would love to spend all day chasing them out of my yard.