Thursday, October 18, 2007

Chicken Stupid

We've now lost three more chickens, but these were the ones already living outdoors.

Last night we came home to find all the chickens but one piled into one dark corner of the chicken house. The one that wasn't piled up with the others was standing in the opposite corner, minus a head. It appeared that it had stuck it's head through the chicken wire (how does that happen, BTW?) and something had snapped it's little chicken head right off.

Today the same thing happened to two more, sometime between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. This evening when we went out a hawk was perched on the fence, eyeing the chicken house. It seems we had found our predator.

Jay has since put up a second wall of chicken wire.

The moral of the story is, if you're a chicken, don't try to get through the chicken wire, even if the weeds on the other side look irresistible.

I don't feel too sad about these guys. I think it was natural selection at work.

9 comments:

RevErikaG said...

Sorry to hear about your loss. I'll be thinking about the moral of that story for a loooong time....

anna said...

what a shame! And to think that hawk was just waiting for the next stupid one to stick out it's head. I'm sure there's a funny comic that could be written...thinking of a Far Side type comic.

Animals are far from brillant...especially chickens and goats.

Jenny said...

Now you're getting into the swing of chicken ownership.
And a word of advice from my folks -- make sure the neighbor dogs know they're NOT WELCOME and don't wait until they've eaten all of your chickens first.

Christine said...

Just standing? Or running around like a chicken with his ...

Oh, don't make me say it!!

Mom said...

My thot was more like the "fox/hawk guarding the henhouse."

Mercedes said...

Christine and I are on the same wavelength apparently -- I honestly had visions of the headless chicken running around! LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

erica said...

Sounds like it's time for screening of "Chicken Run" over there.

My sister raises chickens and her first massacre was perpetrated by her own dog. Who did not eat the chickens but just scared them to death!

Kat E said...

See...these things? These things I don't think I could handle :)

Linda said...

Oh dear. I am an odd "bird" who happens to love chickens. I know they're dumb and dirty; I just can't help it. I had a small flock in my backyard a few years ago. they were specialty chickens, Japanese silkies, so adorable. We had a couple of regulars, too. I never got over the whole deal of how hens manufacture an egg that size in 24 hours and just push it on out. When they died, I was sad. I'm sad about yours, too. Probably more sad than you!