I keep trying to put the pieces together. I miss my roosters many times a day and sometimes I even walk to the barn to see if they aren’t there, as if this has all been a nightmare.
I picked up these feathers north of the porch where chickens wander during daylight hours only.
This chicken lost its life during daylight hours, not in a sneak attack after dark. I also remember a couple weeks ago seeing another bunch of feathers similar to this in the grove. This tells me an overhead attack had to take place – an owl, a hawk, another bird of prey possibly? It couldn’t have happened after dark because the chickens are in the barn at that time.
I am having nightmares of a bird of prey taking Hazel. Little dogs have been snatched – I’ve read about it happening and I can’t help but be terrified that it might happen to us.
Do you remember just a few weeks ago when a reader asked me about losing chickens to predators and I said it had never happened since we put up the fence. I do not believe a predator climbed the fence and they cannot dig under the fence because the fence is buried 6” in the ground. That leaves the airspace above where a bird of prey could swoop down and grab a chicken. This is what I think has happened over 20 times and until the roosters that I knew personally didn’t show up in the yard I did not realize it was happening.
Chicklet and his gal pal – gone
All three roosters in this photo are gone as well as the white goat Sally.
Pudge is lonely, depressed and constantly looking for Sally – so sad.
I apologize for continuing to talk about this event – but when I write it down it helps me deal with my great loss. I wonder if I should see this as a sign to step away from having chickens and barn animals. People who don’t have pets are spared this grief – are the pets worth it? It’s that age old question of “is it better to have loved and lost or better to never have loved at all?”
Home at Night is now available in the online store.
I got the first 12 cookbook orders today – they will be in tomorrow’s media mail.