This strong, confidant fellow with his mighty spurs tried his best to fight off the invader who broke into their home this weekend. He fought with all his might. He lost his fight yesterday...
I know it is the circle of life but I am writing with tears in my eyes at his loss and the loss of the two little black and white Bantams.
I can't believe I am crying over chickens but those who know me know these weren't just chickens, they are my pets.
Who come to me when I called them.
Who would follow me for treats.
Who would eat out of my hand.
We've moved the remaining four hens to a safe home, a home of a dear friend who was willing to take on four more mouths to feed and care for all in the name of friendship.
I am not sure I can face the devastation of a chicken attack again, nor the cleanup or the hours spent trying to get a dying rooster to drink from a syringe and keep fighting for his life. We've trapped three predators so far and will keep on as they have caused a lot of havoc to our little neighborhood in the country. I know if I decide to try again I can get my girls and bring them back home once my coop is sealed like Fort Knox. I just don't know if my heart can take it.
Rest In Peace Sir Charles... I will really miss you
Since there's not much growing around here I thought I'd share a few things that get lost in the
greenery of summer...
These stone cats sit in my shade garden and often are disguised by the hostas that fill in behind them. The garden is just starting to fill out and this spot has changed quite a bit since it was taken.
This curly - kinky branched tree often gets overlooked once someone sees the other gardens.
It a Contorted Filbert, also known as Harry Lauder Walking Stick. Its one of my favorites.
The garden next to the patio is already filling out nicely. It's the first to fill out since its against the side of the house and gets the warmth from the foundation. Stop back in for more scenes to come.
It all started with this little chicken coop advertised on the bulletin board at work.
I decided it was a sign, something I've wanted to do for along time. And the price was right to start a little hobby.
We got our chickens from his cousin who raises them. He also raises miniature brahmas, donkeys, ducks and puppies. We planned on 4 - which ended up being 6 hens and one stately rooster. By the weekend I realized they didn't have enough room! So we added on - hence the new red addition.
After a week it was clear they needed an out of coop area - so we added on AGAIN!
This time we used fence panels and made a proper area for them to scratch around in on the days when we are home with them. I painted the first coop with red trim to match the second addition.
We also added a rabbit hutch inside to give them another sheltered area. I've already found an egg in there too!
We've only had them a few weeks and they already have a routine down pat. They know when I come out they are getting a treat and come running to meet me. They love to spend the day in the sunshine of their new fenced area and quickly line up to go in. At mealtime about 6ish they are ready to go back in the coop to eat and for the night.
Here they are waiting for me to feed them! They love their new home and owners and have blessed us with lots of eggs already. Stayed tuned for more chicken news and to meet the cast of characters.
In the meantime - here is the king - Sir Charles our rooster...
I've been so bad about keeping this blog up - not sure anyone even reads it anymore and I should just give it up. But, something deep inside keeps nudging me to post again.
So here I go again.
If you read this post please leave me a comment so I know someone is!
I am sure everyone from this area is looking forward to spring as much as I am.
We had a tease of warm weather this weekend and walking down this very sidewalk I see signs of spring. Little nubs of green trying to poke up. In a few months the sidewalk will look close to the photo above.