Randy Rooster was making a great fuss yesterday afternoon, but
since he does this fairly regularly, I paid little attention. That was a mistake. Had I rushed out to see what the drama du
jour was, I might have prevented the murder, but alas I didn't. When I did step out the back door to head for the barn I was
stunned to see a magnificent red fox standing in the lower pasture-with one of the big black hens securely clamped in his
Since there really wasn't anything to be done at that point, I ran for the camera and while Mr. Fox
politely posed with his prey he didn't retreat until I crawled through the high tensile fence and headed toward him hoping
to get a clearer photo. At that point he dropped his dinner and fled into the bush, but I knew he'd return. Corky hurried
to the scene of the crime to pay his last respects.
expected, he did return later that evening to collect his KFC dinner (Karen's Fresh Chicken), so today the grieving mini-flock
is in lock-up, much to their dismay, but for their own safe keeping.
It seems the abduction had actually commenced inside the donkeys' stall. Such vulpine boldness!
It was easy to follow the trail of feathers to where the perpetrator was caught in the act.
(or not...) another hen is setting on five eggs, safely confined in the hay room, so with a bit of luck she will hatch pullets,
not cockerels ina couple of weeks. To be continued.