I was planning on going home for lunch and riding my bike back to work for the afternoon. However, when I got home the chickens were gone.
Out of their pen - but not far away. My cat actually corrals them like a sheepdog and keeps them pinned to one area of the yard that is fenced in. I believe that he is just trying to GET the chickens but his invisible fence collar prevents him from getting too close to the perimeter without getting electrocuted. It's quite funny actually. I have a chicken herding cat. I thought about actually putting some invisible fence collars on the chickens and scrapping the whole coop/pen idea altogether. If it works for cats - why not chickens? They would probably get traumatized by the electric shock and not want to lay any eggs. I think I'll try that experiment after the Survivor Diet Challenge is over.
I got them back into the pen very easily - they basically just walked back on their own after I opened the gate. Then I spent the majority of my lunch break hanging up some more fishing line to cover more of the top of the pen. The only thing I could think is that they are flying out. The perimeter is pretty well secured but I think the fence is just too short and they are able to fly up just enough. I still may have to add more line but first I will see how this new improvement holds up. It makes it more difficult for me to get inside the pen and that is going to be an inconvenience for cleaning, feeding and collecting eggs - if they ever lay any.
I made a quick sushi roll from my remaining fish for lunch and was on my way back to work - but without my bike. I lost too much time.
The weather is perfect today. It might be a good idea to check out the beach after work tonight. Or consider trying the river again to see if any bluefish have arrived. Surprisingly, I'm going to need another big fish soon. I should be able to last another 3 or 4 days comfortably on the fish I have remaining.
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