It is one of the many dangers of letting chickens have free range, especially in the country. We try to minimize the danger by keeping them confine in the early morning and late afternoon hours. We have a family of foxes who live on our property and a pack of coyotes who love to sing in the country behind us. They like easy pickings and we try to avoid making our hens such by keeping them confine during the “standard” hunting hours.
Fortunately the days are getting longer in Montana. The sun is rising earlier and earlier in Montana. It is clearly daylight here at 6 in the morning now. We love it. Just because it gets lighter earlier does not mean that Mr. Hunter’s hours are shorter, no it just means that he gets to do some daylight hour hunting. The mistake was made opening the fence to the chicken run too early yesterday. It was opened based on daylight not the hour of the day. We lost a good laying hen. Hard lesson learned for all of us, look at your watch before you open the chicken gate.