So, I knew it was a deal of put the chickens outside and they(meaning predators) will come. First it has been the hawks. No surprise there. They have a covered run but everyday without fail the hawks come and circle around over the coop enough to throw shadows on the ground and run everyone back inside the coop. Everyday I inspect roof line and top of run to make sure there are no gaps that an overachieving hawk might find. So now yesterday afternoon I was looking out my kitchen window and observed my RIR rooster standing stock still as a statue watching the grass outside the back of the run. All of the chickens had run to the other side of the run. I watched him for several minutes and he never moved....so it occurred to me....he's watching something. So I went down to the pen. By the time I got down there(50-60 feet away) he had moved to where the hens were. So I examined the run along its perimeter and looked for evidence of something. No attempts to breach wire or dig but a nice pungent odor of skunk. :/ Has anybody had skunk attacks during the day? My sister who actually lives in the city but who has had a long frustrating problem with skunks including a rabid one that animal control removed from her front porch said that it was probably a young one just checking things out. I don't think I have ever seen a skunk in the daytime but she says she has and they are the young ones. Has anyone had a daytime attack from skunks. My coop is Fort Knox so once they are locked in at night I don't worry too much. But I was concerned enough yesterday afternoon that even though I felt like the run was dig proof, I opened up the outside pen around the run and let my two Great Pyrenees patrol and they were on it immediately sniffing around. So between the rooster, the dogs and the smell when I went down there I feel certain a skunk was prowling around. Any special concerns I should have? I do feel like okay....the parade of predators has begun. *sigh* We are on an acre and the back of our property is surrounded by our neighbor's fields for his cows. He has not cut the grass that surrounds my coop and pen and it is waist high which is really bugging me because I had been wondering how many predators could be lurking in that grass. A side note.... My rooster is 3 1/2 months old and how cool was that that he was reacting like this. He is the same rooster who patrols the run at night and runs all errant chickens into the coop before he finally goes in himself. I so hope when hormones hit him that he doesn't turn into a jerk.