Sunday, October 21

Poor guy

Originally uploaded by duanekeys
We've had a varmit problem recently that's forced us to start closing the door to the chicken house each night at dusk. I open the door before I leave for work, which recently corresponds to just after dawn. Last week I discovered one of the chickens didn't make it back into the house before I closed the door and was killed on the door step of the chicken house. I felt bad about accidentally leaving one out and her getting eaten.

The following evening Jennifer and I failed to close the door right at dusk, and four more chickens suffered at the hands of what can only be raccoons. Unfortunately, our lone rooster was mauled pretty bad. I think I caught the varmits in the act when I went out to close the door. The rooster 's still around and feels well enough to do us, uh, ahem, "roosterly" duties, despite half of his face missing. We just can bring ourselves to put him out of his misery and I don't think our vet will do a rooster euthanasia.

1 comment:

Chase Davis said...

Hey Duane,

I feel for you, I have had so much experience in chickens getting ate by animals. I've had neighbor's dogs, coons, possums and foxes, and one hawk eat my chickens. The most recent attacks got all 23 chickens we had, we caught three coons in live traps, and it didnt stop until all the chickens were gone. We got new chickens and have kept them in the chicken house along with three survivors we found who were then staying in the trees. I suggest getting a live trap and putting something like one of the dead chickens in it, you will probably catch the critter. Live traps on the farm are a must have.