This is how the chickens greet me every morning–they want out! I shut them in every night because we have a lot of fox in our woods, although I do think a truce of sorts has been reached with the fox. Let me explain. I have known there are fox in our woods since moving here. I see their dens, I hear them yipping from time to time, and I am quite sure there’s a female who raises kits every year judging by the types of yips and the activity I observe. A couple years ago when I first got chickens, I was afraid to let them out at all. But, gradually I lightened up and let them free range during the day. One day, just by pure happenstance, I was looking out on my back yard in the middle of the afternoon and saw a fox rush in and grab a chicken and hightail it back to the woods. I ran outside yelling for my dog, Sheila, and she was there in a flash, ran down the hill after the fox, and believe it or not, herded that chicken back to safety. It’s a story I wouldn’t have believed unless I saw it myself. She’s an awesome dog! Of course after that I kept my chickens penned up again for a short time before letting them free range during the day, but it’s been almost 2 years and I haven’t seen any signs of fox since then. A truce between dog and fox?