Filed under: chickens
I often wonder what hijinks those crazy chickens get up to when they’re not watched. Some night you open the coop to say goodnight and MAN what the heck happened in there today girls??!!! Last night was one of those nights. They had outside access too, so i’m not sure what prompted the mayhem that I found. Sheesh. They’d pulled their feeder out and spilled all the food out. And then, up top, they’d completely emptied the nest boxes of straw (and i’d just given them a fresh batch the day before). They’d pulled down the ledge in front of the nest box. It was nuts. And there in the far corner of the nest box–two little eggs. Not crushed or ruined, just side by side. It was weird.
On a related note, this morning I got to the coop as poor edwina was in the final moments in a makeshift nest she’d made under the nest box. She laid her egg–bonk on the wood floor, and then over comes Bubbles to check to see if there was a weak egg to break. She’s a harsh chicken that Bubbles.
This morning we saw some pretty disgruntled looking deer walking across the yard. Well wading was more like it. Poor guys. There’s a lot of snow out there. And not much to eat. So you need to get what you can.
Right around where poor bubbles lost her tail, I saw this. Whatever it was it wasn’t going anywhere. It just kept on eating. I can’t tell what kind of bird was caught, but today, this poor little hawk–a juvenile–is having a good chowdown.
UPDATE: yep it was a robin. poor little guy. A couple of feathers is all that’s left. Mom confirmed that they are pretty easy pickings. She surmised that they must be poor fliers with bad eyesight or something.
Filed under: farm, preparedness, the yard | Tags: deer, game camera, infrared, pittsburgh, wildlife
Santa brought me a supercool present this year. A game camera. Last night we strapped it to a tree and this morning we checked out the pics.
This is going to be a lot of fun. On Dec. 30 we heard a huge pack of coyotes nearby. We know the woods are quite alive with lots of folks we never get to see. Thanks Santa!