It was a good sized bite. Larger than a weasel and smaller than the damage a raccoon could do. But noticeable all the same complete with wood bits left on the step.
I immediately went and got some roofing scraps from my farmer friend and nailed it on the backside of the door.
Here are the bites that put the hole in the bottom of the door. Easy to see since it shows so well with missing red paint.
I quickly nailed the tin up.
I still need to hammer out the waves on the roofing tin and bend the bottom up so it will cover the door bottom completely.
When my friend Philip came he hammered out the tin and bent it so it would look like this on the outside AND cover the hole that was chewed out.:
Inside of the door.
Both sides need a few screws and that will happen soon. For now a few roofing nails secure it in place.
While I was working to protect the flock with my limited carpenter skills, the hens were sloshing down some kefir that had gotten a bit too strong for me and some cottage cheese that had also gone a bit rank.
They loved it.
In gratitude of my devoted service to them they gifted me with FOUR eggs.
Thank you ladies.
With the snow melting in the 35 degree temps the past 3 days, (49 right now!) the entire flock has been free ranging all over the fields and woods. I have been watching them amble over the stream beds and up to the field behind my garden. The gold colored hens are almost completely camouflaged in the fields since the old grasses are the exact same color.
The Speckled Sussex hens just about disappear when they are in the heavy dark underbrush. Its one of the reasons I did not get any white hens. Lots of predators here, from land and especially the air. A white hen would be the first to be kidnapped and eaten.
Might get a few barred rock and more red sex links this year.
And of course this place will become DuckVille in order to find my boys a few appropriate wives.
What breeds and combos are you planning on getting this spring ?