Our Mousers-in-Training have been fed by us in this cage for about a month. We covered them up at night to protect them from the wind and rain, and uncovered them and fed and watered them in the morning. They are used to our voices calling out when we bring them food. They are not terribly fearful when we show up in the morning. In fact, they anticipate our arrival and call to us that they are hungry.
It is time to release them.
First, we take the cage off the saw horses and put it on the ground. Then we open the doors and step back. It is their turn to again be brave.
They are a tad freaked out at first because they haven't been on the ground in a month.
One always leads the way
The other will follow. We needed to step away so he would come out. They have been out for about two weeks now. They are now part of the backyard pride and have fit right in. We have been receiving presents in the form of voles. And - they have let us pet them. :-)