Things have settled down with our Dominickers. They have been safe from hawk attacks and they’re thriving in their new location.
Their run includes one large garden that is resting, and sown with a cover crop of buckwheat, and another that has sweet potatoes and our late summer veggies. I hadn’t intended to let them into any garden that is actively producing, but our hand was somewhat forced by our available fence and so far it has turned out well. We’ll probably have to change the set up once the tomatoes start to ripen, but for now the chickens doing a fine job foraging for bugs and they haven’t damaged the vegetable plants.
This morning when I went out to open the coop door there were 3 deer standing next to the fence, perhaps contemplating eating our beans. If only I could train the Dominickers to attack deer.