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NF-Lee's Gildor and Frodo

A bear!

Posted on 2011.08.17 at 11:01

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julchen11
julchen11 at 2011-08-19 16:10 (UTC) (Link)
Wow! Fantastic pics, my dear. Are you really sure you don't live in The Shire?
The only "wild" animal crossing our garden now and then is a fox, a very shy little fox I have to say.
We had 4 of them in 2003 and they killed 30 of our hens. We couldn't do anything against it because he had babies so the haunters had to wait until they were old enough to haunt on their own until they shot (!!!) them! If I would have known that I'd never had said a single word.
Mechtild
mechtild at 2011-08-19 17:57 (UTC) (Link)
Why did they wait for the babies to grow up to shoot them? Seems more, not less cruel, to wait until they're old enough to begin to get out there and enjoy life, polishing off their own chickens. Better to kill them before they find out how fun the world is. Or did you mean they waited to kill the mother until the babies were grown?

We have a few foxes here, or they've been seen. I saw a nice looking red fox trot through the yard earlier this year. A neighbor down the block in back of us has chickens. I don't think it's legal to have chickens in town, but I can hear them clucking (I love chicken sounds, but some of the neighbours don't and want to report them). Maybe they're trying to get the chickens?

My sister lives just outside of a small town (in northern CA, not near here) and has had chickens for decades. She loses them to foxes and skunks and racoons, in spite of a sturdy hen house and a big, good pen with wire netting over the top. Even her own dog slaughtered half a dozen, when someone left the door to the coop open and they got out. She was slinking around guiltily for weeks afterwards, she was scolded so soundly.

I think you have to have the right attitude to keep chickens, they seem to get killed so easily by predators, or need to be put down because of chicken illnesses. It's lovely to hear them, and to see them, though, many of them are so pretty, and there's the lovely eggs, of course. :)

Edited at 2011-08-19 06:00 pm (UTC)
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