Another One Bites the Dust

Another One Bites the Dust

Looks like another hen managed to escape via the compost heap this morning, because when I went out to see if there were any new eggs, there were feathers in the yard. Raymond had gotten another one — and had her hidden between the tall iris and the rhubarb.

It’s my fault really, I didn’t insist on building an enclosed chicken run like I thought we probably should because a) Chuck was being nice enough to build it for me in the first place and b) we had the recycled chain link, and I hoped it would work. But it didn’t. So now I’ve spent all day plotting enclosed chicken runs. I think I have a pretty simple idea, that might also provide them with a little more shade. I’ve got an old window screen in the basement that should make a decent door.

We’ll have to see. Someone with carpentry skills is muttering about diminishing returns. But I’m hoping that my nice milk lady will sell me a couple of laying hens, and we’ll be back in business. I was prepared for total failure during year one of chicken farming, but it’s still very disappointing. I liked those little golden hens so much, and now the remaining one, and the rooster, are all freaked out.

Bad dog! (Who can’t really help it — he’s bred to find birds after all, and well, he’s short on self-restraint to begin with. But he’s still a bad dog. At least for today.)

As for Miss Hen, she’s been buried in the yard, under an iris that was in the way of the new gate to the inadequate chicken yard. Circle of life and all that. Sigh.

3 thoughts on “Another One Bites the Dust

  1. Very cool about the eggs (last entry)…Sorry you lost another hen…Hope you can get another (two or three?)…

  2. That’s such a shame. It’s always sad when you lose them. I have learned though that it’s always a good idea to get a few more than you think you need. I’ve also learned that if you have boys AND girls, you’re almost guaranteed to loose the GIRLS. 🙁 Those little roosters know how to survive!

    I do hope you have better luck!

  3. Greetings, just found your blog and methinks you are a kindred spirit. My dog(s) was also a bird dog but she never harmed a chicken, my boys would love to harm them but do not want to risk my wrath. I had a beagle kill half my chickens, and offered to off more until I walked him around to every dead chicken, put each one on his head and told him what I thought of his work ethic. He then refused to look at another live chicken, went home and never came back. It’s a domination thing for dogs. They will not allow your hand on their head if they are not submissive to you. I imagine having a dead chicken on it’s head was a bit humiliating. Anyhow, if you do that I don’t imagine you will have to lose another chicken to the dog. I love that my chickens are free range. Am looking forward to reading more of your posts.

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