Sunday, July 5, 2009

That Was a Close Call





After the mother hen took her chicks from the nest two weeks ago, she would not take them back to the hen house at night. So I set an old ferret cage out by the hen house for her. I had to put her in the cage the first few nights; then she would just go in every night and I would go out and close the cage. That was working well. Then last week a raccoon tried to get her. I had an old sheet on two sides of the cage to prevent a coon from reaching through and getting a baby. He got a hand full of feathers from the mother. As a result, she wouldn't go in at night. I would have to go get her and the chicks and put her in every night. I also covered most of the cage with the sheet and set a trap for the coon. Since the chicks are two weeks old now, I made a little nest on the ground in the hen house for her and the chicks and put her in there. Hopefully, this will work out okay and she will start going back in every night.



3 comments:

Anonymous said...

I love having a farmer for a neighbor. I would be lost as a goose trying to do what you do, and eagerly look forward to your pictures and posts.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Those poor little chicks. What a mean raccoon.. Hopefully you will be able to trap him...

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

LizzyBean said...

Your chicks are looking very well! Why wouldn't the hen take the chicks into the hen house at night? Send the raccoon over to Mom and Dad's to eat watermelon & cat crunchies instead of chicken dinner! We had a really good time with Mom and Dad here -- just sorry they've gone home!