Let me introduce the biggest addition to the farm....Zeva.
(The nut featured two posts ago...)
The decision to add another mouth/chore/critter to the farm was pretty easy after seeing that face....but really, it was about ticks.
You see, DH's NDE (Near Death Experience) was triggered by a tick bite in May '13. Left inadequately treated, it led to a stroke, encephalitis and the NDE....amongst other things). Anyhoo......
Ticks...eaten by Guinea Hens. Guinea Hens...eaten by foxes. Foxes...deterred (if not eaten) by large canine. Canine...available by barter from a neighbor farmer, and, well, I love to barter. Viola!
She is a Maremma. So far....she hasn't eaten anybody (including chickens!) but we've had no losses to predators...so we're ahead of the game!