Posts Tagged ‘predators’

4 Point Daily Coop Damage Inspection July 11, 2014 3 Comments

It’s the one thing most people forget, but it’s also something that should be done daily make sure your flock is safe! It doesn’t take long; it will probably take 2 minutes or less. What is it? A daily coop damage inspection should be a part of your regular maintenance routine!  Having a predator-secure coop is […]

Roosters v Coyotes January 10, 2014 14 Comments

This morning I could hear the yipping and howling of coyotes down in our holler. Even so, I’m not too worried; I have roosters to help keep a look out. But how can roosters hope to deal with coyotes? Let me explain! Coyotes are in my area year-round, but we tend to be aware of […]

Sunrise chicken skunk encounter October 18, 2013 3 Comments

Have your chickens ever encountered a skunk? The other morning I had a chicken skunk encounter–yikes! It happened quite early in the morning when I was out taking sunrise photos.  I especially love those rosy mornings in spring and fall, where the light casts everything as pink. Our silvery old barn is always a little […]

Chicken Predators: the big guys July 26, 2013 26 Comments

I got a call from a friend last week about chicken predators. “I was on my way to work,” he explained, “and I saw something—I wanted to let you know!” It seems what he’d seen was a black bear–a big one!–probably a mile or two from our house, and headed in our general direction.   […]

Our pet duck: the story of saving Lily February 11, 2013 18 Comments

Several years ago I got it in my head I needed a pet duck or two. A normal person would discuss this with their significant other and plan how to tackle the new addition to the family. I, however, got sneaky. A friend gave me some fertile eggs and I set them under some broody […]

3 lessons learned – Forgetting to shut the coop May 18, 2012 51 Comments

It was my fault, I admit it. I forgot. It was the first time, and hopefully the last! I forgot to shut the coop that night. Now, there are myriad reasons to make sure to shut your coop up at night—especially if you free range like we do—and most of them have names like weasel […]

Attack of a Wiley Coyote March 22, 2012 25 Comments

Living in the city, with a tall block wall surrounding our back yard, I had a false sense of security regarding the safety of our flock. For about 2 1/2 years our chickens enjoyed peace in the backyard. They roamed free each afternoon and co-existed peacefully with our 3 dogs. Each night, before bed (which […]