We filled the holes in with some big rounds of firewood, and we'll have to try remember to do frequent checks of the fenceline. The grass has got so long in that field (damn rain) that we can't really see what is going on out there.
Unfortunately that chicken coop didn't get closed up last night. I thought Larry had done it, as he kept talking about how there were still some hanging around outside, so I just assumed that he would shut the door when the hens were all in, and for whatever reason, it didn't get done. So now we are wondering if something actually went into the coop during the night. The door is very small, but a coyote or raccoon could have squished in there. The reason I am wondering that is that an awful lot of chickens did NOT want to go in the coop tonight. A whole bunch of them were planning on roosting in the evergreens along the fence line, and a few were perched on the top of the sheep barn wall. There were a few that refused to be herded to the coop. It was really weird. Anyway, we managed to knock all that we could see out of the trees, and carried the rest that refused to be herded to the coop and shut the door. I counted them and there are five missing from what we had in there a month and a half ago. We might have missed one tonight, so will see if there are any wandering around outside in the morning, and will check the fence to see if there was any new action there. Sometimes this whole free range ( and ours really are free range) chicken thing can be just really frustrating, and expensive both material and time wise.