Michigan Thread - all are welcome!

JanetMarie

Crowing
7 Years
Oct 23, 2014
1,988
2,676
386
SW Michigan
I have to stick up for the cats. I never had one before until a feral mom that I fed during the extremely cold winter of 2013-2014 had a litter under my chicken shed. Both the feral mom and dad had nubby tails. Three of the kittens had nubby tails, and two had long tails.

I kept one kitten who turned out to be a very good cat. Blonde with a nubby tail. He jumped on the dining room table once or twice, which he was scolded for and didn't do it again. He thought about jumping on the kitchen counter once, was scolded and didn't try again.

He loved lap time and tummy rubs. I suspect someone tried to catnap at one time. He was missing for three days, and came home smelling like cologne. He ate raw beef heart and wouldn't touch cat food, so maybe they let him go when they found out he wouldn't eat.

He was killed the eve of New Year's eve by a coyote 2017. There were multiple reasons why the coyote got in the fenced area, which won't be repeated again.

Have an American Bobtail cat now, and a tailless calico kitten. Both are good and both trained not to jump on tables and counter tops, and stay on the property when outside. A collar with a bell has stopped the killing of songbirds (which I could not tolerate).
 

aart

Chicken Juggler!
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Nov 27, 2012
101,661
147,593
1,867
SW Michigan
My Coop
My Coop
Cats, like dogs, can be 'good' or 'bad'.
Have had great cats and terrible ones, same with dogs.
I grew up with both, but as an adult I far prefer a dog in the house.

Buddy of mine has a cat that will come up to you all friendly like it wants pets,
then bite the hell out of you...was all I could do not to boot that beast.
 

aart

Chicken Juggler!
Premium Feather Member
9 Years
Nov 27, 2012
101,661
147,593
1,867
SW Michigan
My Coop
My Coop
An even dozen yesterday! Not bad out of 16 layers.
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Might be the sun.
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taprock

Songster
9 Years
Nov 1, 2010
1,976
150
236
Northern L.P. Michigan
Today began with the mystery of the headless rooster. (Hopefully not too gross a picture) He was in a locked coop with no blood or injury besides the missing head. On investigation I found a 1”x2” hole where the wire had come loose under the eave. The only real option is Ermine/weasel. I’ve replaced the wire and put out the trail cam along with two weasel traps. Hopefully he’ll return for a second course. They are adorable, but vicious little critters.
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