Sometimes being a "little" chicken helps you find unconventional hiding places!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Wink, Oct 15, 2012.

  1. Wink

    Wink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I built my girls an extended run so they had more room to do their chicken thing (I was losing too many of them to predators during free range moments).However, an hour or so before dusk, sometimes I let them out to roam.

    They had been in there for a week,so I took a chance and let my feathered ladies out after being "cooped" in for so long. Frigging 5 minutes later, I hear screaming and look out the window to see "Pompa-doo" hauling ***** to hide under the deck, which is uncommon, she rarely runs.

    So I run out to see a Sharp-Shinned hawk by the fenceline, flying back up into the trees , but sans chicken. I hear chicken screams but couldn't see the chicken in question. I mean, I am LOOKING DOWN and see only empty ground and a railroad tie by the fence and panicked screams are emmanating from the earth.

    Turns out that Chicken Little got lucky and wedged herself first between the railroad tie and fence, then shoved herself INSIDE the railroad tie, so only her feet were protruding.....I literally had to pull the garden fencing away, get on my hands and knees, and gently grab hold of her 2 waggling feet and yank her out of railroad tie.

    She was the runt of my bantam crew, the last to develop. In this case, her size was her strength, because if another chicken was trapped between the fenceline and the railroad tie, they would have been pinned and easy pickings. Chicken Little was lucky that she could fit so quickly inside the random hole inside the railroad tie. She was unscathed.

    It took forever to wrangle up the rest of the girls, but I finally did! And Chicken Little lives to see another day!

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  2. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I'm so glad she wasn't lost to that darn hawk!
     
  3. Wink

    Wink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Trust me, I had that whole heart-sinking moment, believing I was going to see chicken death in a matter of seconds...and I was kicking myself with "you built a run to avoid this, you built a run to avoid this". Sure, I want that sharp shinned hawk to eat, but I was hoping it would eat a wild bird or squirrel!
     
  4. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    I'm so glad we don't have hawks here.. I free range 24/7 and never had even a close call.

    The ones you lost prior, could it have been from a hawk as well? Not a fan of them.. :rant
     
  5. aoxa

    aoxa Overrun With Chickens

    Wow I love your sign! I need that!
     
  6. KimKimWilliamso

    KimKimWilliamso Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Just found you on Facebook! Looking forward to everything you have to share, as we are trying to make the switch to green living. We have a five year plan, LOL Hopefully by the end we will supply most of our food sans additives and steroids and all that junk and we will be off grid and totally self sustainable!

    So glad your girl escaped death by hawk!!!
    We have our small flock in a large run with a coop, and due to its shape its immpossible for the haws and owl to get in so we havent covered it. But now a few of my girls have discovered they can hop the 8 foot fence by being crafty with perches, etc. A couple times this wek I have come home to find them out of the run, roosting on the fence to horse pen about knee level. Silly hens are going to be OWL food if they cant learn to stay locked up! So the run hasnt saved us either, LOL Im really hesitant to cover the run, becuase I was hoping to get some Guinea Fowl in the spring, and they could hop in and out to free range as they like and then return to the run/coop at night. I also hate clip the chickens wings. Dilema Dilema!
     
  7. Wink

    Wink Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The sign was a gift from my MIL and was a total impulse buy....and I love it. Not sure where she bought it, but it cant be that hard to find?! I said quite frequently on FB that I was turning into that "crazy chicken lady", so hence that sign.

    KimKim, feel free to add stuff and suggestions on the page because I live in Texas,(transplant from cali) and I am considered a dang novelty here. People say "wow, you have rain barrels?" (my chickens are terrifyingly illegal, lol). Anyhow, I cook with a solar oven, etc, and I have recipes for things like that. If you know how to can or do that, please feel free to post links!

    My run is covered, but I enjoy them grazing in the woods and hanging out on our lawn....dang hawk!
     

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