Guineas woke us early morning. As I neared the pen, the sickening realization that my big Rooster was gone, set in. Despite my fortifications, the predator had made his way in yet again. I was beside myself. Since it was 5:30ish, I decided to just make a pot of coffee and stay up, rather than going back to bed. It wasn't long after, that the Guineas started making a rukkus again. As I snuck around the side of the house, I spotted what I thought, was a dog out in the fog. As I continued to sneak forward and squint, it turned, the head and tail came up to reveal a Fox. Our predator is a Fox. I was quite shocked, never expecting to see a Fox on our property. With dogs, cats, lights, etc. I would have throught it way too busy for the shy Fox to be around.
So, I am out one Rooster and my two best Laying Hens. I added even more fortifications to the pen. And looking at trapping options for the Fox. Once I am sure the Fox issue is resolved, it will be time to go Hen shopping. I am thinking some Cochins would be really cool, but those steady laying Buff Orpingtons have me spoiled. Two of each?