A couple of days ago, my neighbor was telling me about his neighbor (also my neighbor, but across the street). He told me she had come over and checked out my chickens, as we've invited everyone to do, and was quite fond of the little beauties. She said they were nice and quiet. I'm glad I won her over. The original neighbor I mentioned has a habit of coming over to check on the ladies every morning and night. A habit I appreciate greatly since I'm only able to do chicken chores on the weekends and don't often notice things during the week. Apparently, at some point, he stopped and talked to her about the chickens. The story she gave him just astounded me!!! She's a doctor and is out until the wee hours of the morning. One night, when pulling into her driveway she saw a large figure. Thinking it was a person or something, she put on her brights and pulled in. IT WAS A MOUNTAIN LION!!! Now, I've always known we've had them, but it was very interesting to hear about an actual encounter. At our other place in Dallas, there's a creek behind the house that has mountain lions there too, so we're pretty much used to them. She stayed in her car and tried everything to get it to leave, honked, flashed the lights, everything. It would not move. Sat there for quite a while he said. Eventually, the cat left, and she was able to get inside. This was only about a month or two ago!!! Makes me nervous a cat that big so close to my chickies. I am definitely getting some electric fencing soon.