I recently wrote about how Luke and the Dadz were taking care of me while I’ve been busy getting my business going, and how Dadz and I were taking care of our injured hen, Martha. First, I want to thank everyone who sent good wishes for Martha, she is recovered and back with the flock! We feel she may never be back to completely normal – her eyes seem droopy and she can still be a bit wobbly at times, but the flock has accepted her back and she is doing all the normal things. She seems very happy to be back with her peeps and to free-ranging. She may never lay eggs again, we don’t really know, but we’re simply happy she’s still with us!
It seems that taking care of each other is a common theme around the farm. About a week after that fox attack, we were still keeping everyone inside the coop and pen (“Lockdown!”). Hubby and I were sitting on the couch chatting one evening with Luke between us. Suddenly Luke started growling and was looking out the window towards the coop. We didn’t see it at first, and Luke started shaking, so we knew something was really wrong. Then we saw it – the fox was outside the pen and the birds were squawking. Luke is a smart and sensitive dog, and he knows when something is wrong with the birds!
Because he let us know the fox was there, we were able to take action to deter that fox from coming back, and it must have worked because we have not seen it since. Good job, Luke!
The guinea hens were so grateful, it seems they wanted to return the favor to Luke. You may have also seen the photo I put up of the porcupine that had been hanging around at that same time. I was nervous about it, telling the Dadz that I felt like it was an accident waiting to happen; and one almost did!
Luke and I were on our morning walk, headed back towards the house on the woods trail. Luke’s nose was in overdrive and he wanted to go sniff along the stone wall, so I let him. He kept dragging me closer and closer and then even wanted to start climbing up on the wall. At that moment, I spotted what he smelled – that porcupine was sitting right on the other side of the stone wall!
I quickly grabbed Luke’s harness to hold him back, while yelling “leave it, leave it, leave it!”. OK, I know you’re not supposed to repeat commands to dogs but when you’re in a panic, you forget that! Luke was a very good boy though and came right away with me. Later when my hubby got home from work, I told him about it, and we could see the porcupine still sitting in the same spot hours later!
The birds were still on lockdown at that point, but we decided to let the guinea hens out to roam that evening. They are a bit more predator savvy because they stick together well (most of the time). Now if you read my previous post about the porcupine you might remember I said that I was able to get quite close to that guy, he did not seem much afraid of anything. But I joked to my hubby that maybe the guinea hens would scare it away. They have a way of marching and squawking at things that has scared other creatures away, but I really doubted anything would scare that porcupine.
However, sure enough, a while later I happened to hear the guinea hens carrying on and when I looked out, I saw them down near the garden and they were all flying away from the spot where the porcupine had been! Yup, that porcupine was gone. We have not seen it since!! The guinea hens did indeed return the favor to Luke.
Happily, all that means things have been much quieter around the farm, the birds are back to free-ranging and I am more relaxed when walking Luke, since I don’t have to worry as much about running into Mr. Porcupine.
The Dadz has been hard at work trying to upgrade the chicken run so that the birds can be safely outdoors when both of us are at work. That’s been a little delayed because of the difficult of finding some supplies these days, but hopefully we’ll get that done soon. He was at least able to reinforce the coop windows so they can be left open to give them more fresh air for the times they have to stay inside.
We may have some other farm news to share soon, but I’m going to let that story play out before I clue you in (I don’t want to jinx it). Stay tuned for that and I do still plan to share more photos of my shop, and tell you more about it! Things are still a bit crazy though, since I’m trying to get the gardens going as well as running a new business! I enjoy every minute of it, even if it is a bit hectic at times!
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