RIP, Roozilla

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by brownysfp, Jan 26, 2012.

  1. brownysfp

    brownysfp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 1, 2010
    Correze, France
    Came back from an Orpington-buying trip to discover a power cut had taken out our electric defences. Johnny the Fox had seized the opportunity in all paws. Roozilla, our massive Coucou-Maran cross, had saved the flock but sacrificied himself in the process. He wasn't the nicest of roos nor the softest on the eye but he was the most eye-catching and the bravest. He'd already taken on and routed a raptor. He'll be missed badly. The contract on the fox goes out tomorrow.
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Good luck on enacting the 'contract'.
  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    He died with his boots on. Just the way he probably would have liked to go. A valiant roo is worth his weight in gold. Sorry for your loss.

    Good luck with the fox.
  4. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Chillin' With My Peeps

    So sorry to hear.

    Still, he died doing what he was born to do -- and valiantly at that. I'd probably get a ceramic roo repainted in his image and keep him out in the yard "on the job".

    Just imagine a hawk breaking a talon or a fox cracking a tooth on him.
  5. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    Three cheers for Roozilla! He did not give up the flock!

    Sorry for your loss. I think my roo would go hide under a bush.

  6. chigger bait

    chigger bait Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2012
    Jonesborough, Tennessee
    I've got a solar fencer that I hope will do the job.

    With all the varmints I have in my area, I will not be able to keep chickens with out an electric fencer.
  7. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    CMV...I have been away from the forum for awhile...I don't recall you looking so..aahhh [​IMG] frazzled. Are you having predator problems? [​IMG]
  8. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

    Dec 22, 2009
    So sorry for your loss [​IMG]
  9. Lbrad7

    Lbrad7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2010
    Ringgold, GA
    I live in North GA, just south of Chattanooga, TN and like you said...we have about every predator on the list! If you don't have a tight coop to put them up at night, sooner or later you are going to have a major kill. I'm sorry for your loss but it sounds like your boy did his job! I have always wondered how many times a week our roos fight off possibly threats. I would love to have a 24 hr video camera set up on the lot.
  10. brownysfp

    brownysfp Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 1, 2010
    Correze, France
    It snowed last night and with a wind chill of -7C I wasn't in a rush to let the boys and girls out. Normally I'm out early in my dressing gown with the kettle boiling for my return. Looking at the depth of snow I was thinking it could be a "coop day" anyway when the catflap crashed open and our three cats charged into the lounge, tails like bog-brushes and eyes wild. I ran out in my slippers and there was a fox, a mange-ridden, scrawny grey-whiskered beast trotting across the lawn.
    I chased him across a field, down a lane and into the woods before my slippers gave out. That ****** hunt is not doing its job, for one. And thank goodness I hadn't let the flock out.

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