Chicken Crazy!

Due to a nasty ol’fox I went from having 18 chickens and 3 guineas down to 6 chickens and 1 guinea! Here are the 7 that I have left. My little boy helped with the names!

⬆ This is Black Beauty! She is one of the babies my little boy and I hatched out in June 2016. Her personality is amazing. I truly love this bird! 

⬆ This is not a very good picture, because she wouldn’t sit still for me. This is Snow White! I rescued her from being the last one in the box at a local feed store. She is a little flighty!

⬆This is Pumpkin. One of my originals!

⬆ This is Cinnimon. She is one of my originals.

⬆ This is Clover. My little boys 4-H chicken that he received for his first year in 4-H as a Cloverbud!

⬆This is Spirit! He is our main man. My little boy and I hatched him out,  June 2016! 

⬆ This is the Guinea. We have never come up with a name.

The poor husband got the blame for the first 3 birds that I found dead. I was for positive his coon dogs had been involved. He kept telling me “No! They won’t touch your birds.” I didn’t believe him.

Early one Saturday morning I was at the kitchen window washing up the breakfast dishes when I heard something hit the side of the house in front of me. Silly me took off running out the back door in my lavender fluffy bath robe to find out what was going on. Just the sound made me think that the birds were trying to get on top of the house. I walked down to where I heard the noise and I didn’t see anything. So I turned around to go back inside.

Low and be hold… When I was getting ready to go through the door here comes my chickens running scared! They ran right past me. 3 seconds later around the corner came a big red fox! Boy did he look healthy!!!

Not thinking of what I was doing I chased the ol’fox clear acrossed my yard in my lavender bath robe, screaming my head off at it. By the time I got it to the woods I turned back around to go back to the house. Looking at the back door… There was my husband doubled over laughing his head off at me! 

I didn’t find it to funny at the time. A week later my husband didn’t find it funny anymore either when he was building me a predator proof chicken coop in the hottest part of summer!

The learning curve could have come sooner, or I wouldn’t have any birds left. Not only did we predator proof the coop we put the coon dogs all around it so if something like the ol’ fox would happen to come around they will bark and scare it off. 

It’s been well over 6 months and I haven’t had a problem since! I just feel guilty for having to pen my birds up. I loved letting them free range. But I am here to tell you… If you let your birds free range you are taking the chance of a predator having a free meal!!

Until next time,

Love your chickens!

Country Girl 🐔🐓🐣

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