Of all fruits that are edible by humans, I think I like the cherry the best. They are now available and ripe in my part of the world. I am happy.
Tell me he doesn’t:
My cousin’s daughter found someone, a farmer who had recently lost some of HIS cycens to hawks and foxes, to take the 8 Hens and 3 Cocks I had, and the assorted matter that went with them.
They came @ around 9 AM and I helped load the cycens into the carrying Boxes and then gave him the nest boxes, etc. Infact, everything except the unopened feed. That I’m saving for my cousin.
I still have to clean the shavings out of the coop before they start a fire or attract some offencive RODENT or VARMINT. Will do that tonight or tomorrow.
It is a little sad, but then again I was losing interest in them on account of the new job, so it is a good thing they now at someone’s who can give a farmer’s attention to their life.
After the last attaque of the fox, the one Cock was so intimidated it ceded its position as top Cock to the original Cock and then hid under the nest boxes. I thought I’d try and see if the new-old Cock was better at defending his cycens.
At about 3 or so today, I heard a noise outside, so I went to investigate and discovered that the fox was EATING THE COCK.
I chased it off and the cock went up the road aways, trailing feathers every where.
Looks like I’ll have to keep them all in the Coop for the future. It is raining today.
Coincidentally, when I was a-going out to see if there were eggs in the coop, I found my flock being pursued by a vitious Fox (first time I’d ever seen one irl) that looked like a woodchuck.
I chased up to it and clapped my hands to scare it off with a mouth full of feathers. The stupid COCK milled around there like it didn’t really want to be there, but knew it was supposed to be doing something. The other one seemed to be too ineffectual to care at all. I don’t know where the last cock was/is, he is always a loner.
The hen I think escaped other than losing many feathers. I followed the fox up and down the ditch untill I pickt up a stone to pitch at it, when it went off into the forest.
I now suspect my missing hens were eaten by this noxious thing.
Yesterday, one of by favorite cycens, the little COCHIN disappeared. I have posted about her before. She is the one who constantly lays eggs under the nest boxes, rather than in them, for some reason. Probably because she is small enough to fit down there, unlike the rest of the hens. The defeated Cock also used to hide under there.
Anyway, she disappeared. Now, from experience I know that Cochins are notorious BROODYS if you let them. I suspect that they have been laying elsewhere (since they are free range) and this one finally went broody.
Now, however, today, another one, the easter egg cycen did not roost. I do not know if they are both broody (although supposedly the easter egg hens are not broody). Is something eating them?
I am thinking not, since my previous experience with chickens getting eaten by wild life is that the remaining ones become extremely scared and skittish and nervous afterwards. This hasn’t happened that I can tell. The easter egg layer was also easily the most skittish of the flock, so I’m surprized it would be her that disappeared.
We shall see if any more disappaear, or if in 3 weeks a little flock of PEEPERS show up.
I forgot to post this but, on Monday of this week, I got my chicks in the mail!
I ordered a very mixed batch of 16 total and got them at the post office. Unfortunately two have since died. Still they are the cutest things – even when they take dumps in their water and I have to clean it out and sanitize it so they don’t get ill.
Right now they are still in their hover-type brooder while fledging out. I expect in a few weeks they’ll be able to start roosting and I can move them to the coop. I still have to move alot of trash out of the coop so they can enjoy it. Additionally, the door to the coop needs to be fixed up some to keep things like weasels out. Currently it’s a wire mesh, but the openings are too large. That and the roof needs to be repainted. Other than that it’s OK for use.
I have hopes of eggs and friendly chickens I can squeeze and pet and feed. This is obviously a minor affair and not an industrial production since I’ve gotten so few and am letting them out to pasture when they get large enough to defend themselves from a hawk.