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Life Lessons from the Coop.

Jan 11, 2012

 

 

We lost Salt this weekend.

 

When we decided to add chickens to our menagerie, I knew the risks. We live in a subdivision, but we also live in a forest. A river borders our property. And we've always loved spying wildlife in our backyard. Deer. Possums. Squirrels.

 

Raccoons.

 

Although the girls free-range in a protected area in our backyard, we lock them away in the coop at night to keep them safe.

 

After all, these are Kiki's babies.

 

Who knew how sly a raccoon could be—or how vicious. Not only did it open two latches, causing the girls to scatter into the dark at 3 a.m.--it refused to give up Salt, hissing at me and standing its ground while I yelled at it and tried to make it run. It finally, finally left the area when I shook a tarp at it—but it didn't go far. I stood watch while Peter searched for the girls.

 

Thankfully, they hadn't flown to the forest, and within an hour—we had them all safely tucked away. They were nervous but unharmed.

 

Except poor Salt.

 

We were hopeful, though.

(continued at http://growingdays.blogspot.com)

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