For those that are tired of being locked down under stay-at-home orders, our normally free-range farm birds are feeling your pain.
We’ve had a lot of predators in the area this spring, so we are having to keep them penned up for their safety. Sadly, we lost four of our older chickens to a fox (or foxes, we’re not sure), and we have one younger hen we were able to save and are trying to nurse back to health. There’s a long story behind it, of course, but I just don’t have the heart to go into it right now.
It’s not a happy time on the farm; there have been hawks hanging around as well. Last spring, we were lucky and didn’t have many issues, and I’m afraid all of us might have gotten complacent. Wildlife seems to be especially active this spring – we had this visitor to the yard as well.
Luckily, porcupines are no threat to the birds, and since Luke doesn’t run loose we don’t need to worry too much as long as it stays away from Luke’s fence. I went down to scare him away, but they are strange creatures! I got within 5 feet of him and he just kind of slowly ambled away from me (maybe that’s the only speed they go, I don’t know). I did hear him clacking his teeth a bit though so he was probably not happy with my presence. Hopefully it discourages him from returning.
Just like with our Covid19 pandemic, we don’t know just how long the birds will have to be penned up. None of these types of decisions can be made lightly. 🙁
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