I like our Premier One Permanet. I really, really like it. But, since I have lost 4 pullets in 5 days to one dirty, stinking, filthy so-and-so skunk who is either bulletproof or can dodge bullets like Neo from Matrix and who can get through/under the fence in spite of a consistent 8,000 volts running through the permanet, it’s obviously not perfect.
I watched legions of raccoons splash at the pond night before last. Raccoons aren’t getting through my fence and killing my chickens. It’s a skunk. One single bird each night. Raccoons would kill several each. The fence does a good job of keeping the raccoons out but can’t keep a determined skunk out. It also failed to protect us from a mink once. Neighbors are nice but they need to respect my property. This kind of wanton property destruction and outright theft can not be tolerated. Murdering a chicken is a capital crime if you are a skunk or a mink. Skunks who murder and eat four chickens in five nights bring out the worst in me.
So I camped out at the pond, flashlight and gun in hand. Just a tarp, an old blanket and the lumpy ground. 400 chickens make a lot of noise. No skunk showed up to party. I had to move the East side of the fence yesterday to continue moving the chicken tractors so maybe I filled in the unknown gap the skunk was using. Maybe he smelled me. Maybe he died a horrible death from a great horned owl. I don’t know. I won’t sleep well until I know.
The fence is not a perfect solution but it mostly gets the job done. When it doesn’t, it makes for a long couple of nights and days of guilt, discouragement and stress. At least it’s not cold out. Or raining. Yet. Fortunately, the fence is 99% reliable.
Oh. It’s raining now. Well, that’s good. It hasn’t rained in about a month. Maybe the skunk will catch pneumonia.