Monday, October 12, 2009

In the chicken news.

Steven's Chicken news.
Head line!

Dog attack!
Chico and the girls received a bad scare this week as their pen came under attack by two large hounds that escaped from their kennel. Lucky enough the pen is made of heavy corn crib wire and the hounds could not tear through. Dan arrived home from work to find two hounds running around and around the coop barking and trying to get in at the girls. There were another pack of dumb dogs still back at the kennel barking encouragement to the trespassers. Dan was enraged when he saw what was going on and the dogs ran for home when they saw him. He felt really bad for the girls because he figures the dogs were after them all day as a path was worn around coop, plus any flowers or shrubs near by were trampled. He said everyone was outside standing tight up against the wall as far away from the fence as they could get, he figured since the door is near the fence, the hens would not go in. Also I'm so glad Dan put large flat stones around the bottom of the pen, the wire goes into the ground but if the dogs worked at it all day, they probably would have gotten in.

Bird Auction.
This Saturday coming is the bird auction, I have it in my little mind to buy something! I love a good auction but have never been to a bird auction. I believe this will be the last one in this area for the year so I really want to go. Boy oh boy I hope nothing comes up to prevent me from going!

To hatch or not to hatch?
A man not far from my parents farm is selling an incubator, it has only been used twice and I wonder if I should try to buy it or just let Gracie do the work next spring. I found a place that would sell me eggs from rare breed chickens, I think I will wait to see what happens at the sale first.

6 comments:

John Gray jgsheffield@hotmail.com said...

lucky!
I have had two dog attacks so far and lost severel birds!!1
I need to buy a gun!!!

Nancy K. said...

Thank God Don came home and drove the dogs off! AND that you had good, sturdy fencing!!

I would just die if something got in and hurt my chickens...

Odette said...

wow. the chickens must be real scared! anyway, enjoy the auction and hope you get what you want.
xoxoxox

Sunny said...

Thanks for the comment you left on my rabbit blog. Your experience was interesting. Many yrs ago I used to raise a California cross with dark guard hairs, and had a whole line of that going....

As to your chickens, I am sure glad you didn't loose any! We had a dog attack our dairy goats a few yrs back . Killed one and maimed the other one so badly it took several mos to heal! Stray dogs can be a awful problem. Anymore, we do not ask questions first....

Chicken Boys said...

I bought my incubator from Tractor Supply. It's was $42 and holds 40ish eggs, I think. It has been a lot of fun.

Steven said...

I am pleased we havent had a dog attack. We have a nasty looking cat who roams around looking at the chickens but I chase him off.

Steven :)