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My flock runs together during the day and sleeps in a main coop at night, which works out surprisingly well. However, as spring drew closer, I started to worry about safety as birds start thinking about brooding and raising their young. A friend had a terrible experience last year when her turkey built a nest in her hedgerow and was taken by a coyote. Not wanting the same thing to happen to mine, I devised a plan to keep her safe: a hoop house. I already had some hog panels and was...
I grew up keeping poultry. Mum took us kids to a local market every spring and each of us got to pick out a chick or duckling to raise. In the back of our acre of backyard were a duck coop and a chicken coop, but the birds free-ranged the whole property during the day. It was the kids' job to shut the coops up each night, and when invariably - because kids are kids - we forgot, we woke the next morning to the devastation foxes leave when they've been partying all night. Beyond that, we...
Growing up we always kept chooks and I'm sure it wasn't something my parents gave much thought to. Periodically we went to market and each kid got to choose a day old chick to take home and raise. They ended up in the garden foraging all day and were locked into a little coop at night for their own protection (actually, they went to bed themselves and it was the kids' job to close the coop doors at night and open them in the morning). Mother kept a crock in the kitchen for scraps they...
July 3rd, 2012 Devastation here tonight. At 3pm I went to do a welfare check and refill water bowls. At 6:30pm, I headed back down there with a bowl of kitchen scraps. Upon approaching the yard I saw JB, my silkie roo lying in the sun in the middle of the yard and something didn't look right. I called to him and started running. He raised his head at the sound of my voice but when I got to him he was in bad shape. Then I saw a dead body near him, and then another. Between 3pm and...
When I interrupted a fox attacking for the second consecutive day, my Cuckoo Marans came running across the yard towards me. There was no sign of injury although her feathers looked ruffled. In any case, my focus was on getting rid of the problem so I didn't have time to examine her. After the fox had been dispatched, I went looking and found her already starting to withdraw. I picked her up and examined her and that is when I discovered the 4 deep puncture bite wounds on her back. I...
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