Getting ready for spring seems more work than the spring rush. Maybe the escalating chicken war is the problem.
Cold weather is not my idea of work outside weather. This has slowed down putting up chicken wire on the fences.
In the meantime garden preparation for spring planting is clamoring to be done. Peas and greens will go in the beginning of March. Potatoes go in the middle of the month.
I divided my time and got some of each done. I had lots of help and observers. Cream came by demanding he be petted. The chickens came by to check out what I was doing before taking off into the pasture. A deer watched from the other end of the north pasture. An armadillo came by and complained about having its pathways wired closed.
The next day rain threatened. I concentrated on the garden preparation as wet compost is not easy to lug to the garden.
The back garden gate post was rotting off. I shored it up with metal posts. It collapsed as I worked on putting the compost in which entailed weeding. The chickens were delighted. I put in a new post.
In the meantime I noticed my escalating chicken war. The new wire is across the road section. The chicken goes through the barn lot to the small pasture through the fence and on to the front yard.
Other chickens joined the culprit. Still others were off across the north pasture. An escalating chicken war was getting frustrating.
News arrived the grey fox is back. He is moving his mate into his old haunt for the spring and summer.
Now I wouldn’t fault the fox for grabbing the chicken parading around the front yard near where he plans to live. The chicken shouldn’t be there.
However I really don’t want to lose any laying hens. I like bringing lots of eggs in every day.
The escalating chicken war is now pitted against time. And I am losing.