Tuesday, July 3, 2012
The Tall, Dark Stranger paid the price last night for not sleeping in the coop. I don't think he escaped this encounter.
Last week one of the eagle looking chicks came up missing, looks like they were eaten by a fox or a lynx. We have seen both lingering about, not good. I wonder if the lynx is big enough to try and grab one of the goat kids?
The Commander and I finished putting together the new brooder/rehab coop.
Its two current occupants are Americauna chicks that the Commander picked up a few weeks ago. In another week or so they will get moved in with the rest of the chickens.
They need to move because two of the hens have been broody for several weeks. If they hatch out any chicks I will move them to the new mini coop to give them some time to grow. The egg production around here has dropped off dramatically with two hens sitting and some of the others laying their eggs on top of them!
The second hen is currently sitting on five eggs, but she has not been sitting them consistently. I don't think she will hatch any. That is OK because I have seven guinea eggs in the incubator due to hatch in less than two weeks. Things will be easier around here if I can get her to raise them.
I'm not sure what to do about the fox or the lynx, I'm going to have to keep the gun ready.