This is our current housing arrangement for our yard birds. Set against the side of the barn, it does nothing for the aesthetics of the rustic old building. But the barn, tarp and leaning plywood offer some protection from blowing wind, rain and snow. The chain link fence–again, not pretty–makes a good barrier to predators. The house is secure except for black snakes.
It all was working so nicely.
There were two dogs–a black and yellow lab–out in the pasture when I got home yesterday around 4. I’d seen them before, a week earlier, standing at Tsuga’s pen, wagging their tails, just visiting. I stepped out the door and said shoo, and the politely walked side by side down the drive and away.
This time, they found the hens while I was gone. I discovered the deed in the dark last night when I went over to shut them up.
They had it good.