I have shown you pictures of our little dachshund but never shown you Dukey. He is the "yard/guard" dog (shepherd mix). He is about 8 years old now and has lost his canine teeth but it only took him about 5 minutes to eat up that piece of deer spine that I gave him this morning. He's keeps the neighbor kids scared (at one time he was loose and took a certain dislike to the neighbors children) and off the property. He's learned not to eat the cats but the chickens and ducks are fair game if they come in the reach of his run. They have learned not to wander in too close.
These are two of the 5 quail that I hatched just a few weeks ago. Amazing how fast they grow. Looks like just one male (the one with the redder cheeks) in the batch of 5 but there may be one other. I can't quite tell yet. They spent their first night in the outside pen last night and seem to have done well even though the temps dipped down more than I would have liked (stupid forecasters).
Two of the cornish x were killed by a cat reaching in their brooder cage which called for another, safer brooder. Then I stopped at Tractor Supply and picked up 8 more cornish and 4 red pullets. They all spent the night together last night and all are fine this morning. The new brooder I made from an old dresser, laid it down, took out the drawers and put wire over the top. It is twice as big as the cage and will work much better anyway.