Thursday, February 10, 2011
Chickens attacked; one dead
Last night the predator returned twice, but I was better prepared. I left a few lights on, so I wasn't stumbling in the dark. The headlamp was hanging from the bed post. The boots were by my bed. So I was outside even faster than before. This time the chickens were scared but weren't damaged.
At first I suspected the fox, but now I think it was Pig the raccoon. Wednesday night I had to chase two raccoons, including Pig, off my decks at least 4-5 times. Mostly, they were in the bird feeders. Later in the evening an oppossum was the culprit in the bird feeders.
The dogs are a big help. Baby Dog, especially, hears everything and isn't shy about reporting it with sustained barks.
Tonight I found more plywood and another tarp to better protect the girls from the predicted 5 degrees for tonight and hopefully from the predator as well. Of course, if the chicken didn't sleep up against the fence, the predator couldn't have reached her, but chickens will do what chickens will do.
I hope the predator soon tires of these attacks and that my increased protection and fireman-quick exits from the bed to the outside helps deter it.
This has been a harsh winter, and I'm sure it's been tough on the wild animals that live in the forest around me. I'm not about to let my chickens pay the price for that, though.