It was a tough spring for our birds, both here and abroad. A raccoon had been picking off a few of our hens here (the problem seems to have gone away. I did spend some time trying to “solve” it without any success.) We are also having some chicks raised for us by partners as well as turkeys, a few of whom had the stuffing kicked out of them soon after acquisition by The Fantastic Mr. Fox. The perimeter has been reinforced at their high security, secret location.
I also had a word with them about sticking up for themselves. I think it’s a self-confidence thing.