Keeping foxes out of the henhouse
If you own chickens, you need to understand the science behind keeping them safe from foxes.
Your chickens need a henhouse where they can nest, sleep, or do whatever chickens enjoy doing in their leisure time. And your henhouse needs an opening so the hens can get in and out. But therein lies the danger. The entrance must be larger than the chickens; otherwise, they won’t be able to come and go. But if the chickens can get out, foxes can get in — and nobody wants that!
The solution is to enclose the area around the coop with chicken wire. This is where the science comes in. Chicken wire has holes that air can get through, but the holes are smaller than foxes. Therefore, foxes can’t get into the henhouse and do their deadly work.
By the way, the same science explains how facemasks work. Just think of your mouth as the henhouse, the mask as the chicken wire, and the virus as the fox. The mask has holes for air to get through, but most of the virus can’t.
But I digress.
Many chicken owners use chicken wire because it’s simple and it works. Sadly though, there are some who believe that chicken wire is a radical leftist plot to subvert personal freedom. And worse, it’s unmanly! As for myself, I enjoy the freedom of not giving a damn what chicken wire might imply about my manhood. Plus, I have the comfort of knowing that my henhouse is safe.
Roger Kalin Winchester