It has been over a month since the horrible chook carnage on my birthday and we have really missed having them around. But, even after multiple and extensive thorough searches, we never found out how the fox/ weasel/ whatever got in so we have been rather wary of trying again. But finally longing for some chooks overcame fear of being accessory to poultry murder again and we spent the weekend really upping the security in their cage. We now have bird net, chook wire, rebar and birdwire on all the walls. It is buried to 30cm, covered in either tatami or 20x20 solid concrete blocks. The wire goes way up and across the roof to boot. The door is reinforced, has two locks and a nib closure. The outside area and the inside now have completely covered rooves with at least two layers of bird net or roofing metal/ plastic.
We are not going to be party to another avian massacre.
If we even smell a fox out there I am sending K out with a pillow and one of his aikido swords.
Here's to a healthy, happy, safe and very long life to the new chooks.