As the fox ripped off a lot of the plastic lawn-edging we’d added to keep the Wood Chip in place, a more robust, less edible solution was required.
So off to the local DIY Emporium, and we came home with a number of wooden Gravel Boards. The boards are currently held in place with some garden twine looped through the bars. If this gets ripped off by any more foxy attacks I’ll replace with some thick gauge wire. The boards were a few pounds each, and reasonably light to transport.
For security, I’ve added some plastic spike strips to the fence, you can see them in the far-left of the photo. I didn’t have enough left over from previous projects to add all the way along the fence, but as it’s not entirely clear yet how many ways the fox can get into the garden, it will do for now.
Ah, as other added ‘security’, every few days a bucket of ‘scent’ is being placed at the perimeter. It’s surprising enjoyable to mark one’s boundary.
And finally, I had some deck board and fence posts left over that was too short for repairs, so I’ve knocked together a Chicken Play-Park for the chooks.
It comprises of three platforms, and a ramp. Two of the platforms are for single chicken use, being at the top and bottom levels. One platform is for up to four chickens … and the ramp, well, if we have any budding Evel Knievel’s, they can give it a go.
Only Audrey goes on the Play-Park, maybe the rest don’t like heights?
We might hang some veg so the chickens have to go onto the Play-Park, and launch themselves off it to grab a bite.