Monday, December 27, 2010

Somebody ate a chicken

..and it wasn't me!

This morning Barclay was barking at something inside the chicken area, which was unusual. There's usually a reason for his barking. So I went out to investigate. In the middle of the orchard was one of the buff hens. Something had attacked and killed her, and started eating her but got chased away. From the damage I'm guessing it was one of the neighborhood hawks. I think that I was bothered less by losing a hen, and more by the fact that the hawk didn't even hardly eat any of her, and by the time I found her she'd been laying out there who knows how long, and there was nothing to do except throw the body in the trash. What a waste :(

Current count - 5 buff hens, 5 blue/buff hens, 2 blue/buff roos, 1 big blue roo



Vegetable Garden Cook said...

I don't know if you read my stories, but we had an awful time with a raccoon. I guess there really isn't any way to tell unless you set up a camera, or let your dog go after it and follow the dog.

we lost 3 ducks, two turkeys and a chicken to this animal. We had to go to drastic measures to take it out, but have had no issues for almost a year now. :)

StefRobrts said...

I'll have to go read what you did. So far we've only had problems with hawks, never even seen a raccoon over here.

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Bummer. Why can't the predators go after the roosters instead? bah!