GRAPHIC NATURE!! I went to gather the eggs yesterday afternoon and found one of my last year ISA Brown hens behind the feed barrel dead. Her head was missing and something had eaten all of the meat from her neck.
The brownish-red hens with white tail feathers are my babies from last year. Great brown egg layers!
We are having a spring full of varmints. Hubby has set live traps and caught several huge opossums, three or four skunks and a bunch of feral cats. We don’t have any cats and we think someone is dropping them on our road because they’re everywhere! At night he has seen red foxes and a pair of gray foxes circling the pond. We have a bald eagle, golden eagle and a numerous bunch of red-tail and chicken hawks. I saw a young bobcat my last week of hunting season! We are surrounded by the varmints and my egg production suffers from it!!! I have two young roosters that warn of danger flying overhead but I think they’re too busy being the men of the henhouse to keep close watch on the ground danger!
Egg production has gained strength with the longer and warmer days and I’m getting 10-12 eggs per day out of 24 (23 now) hens. The “eggs for sale” sign is back out at the end of the driveway and neighbors are starting to come looking for fresh, large eggs of many colors.
You just can’t beat fresh farm eggs that come from free range chickens!
Last week we had a visitor during the night that tore down some fence along the main road and left the scene. The field where the fencing was damaged held 30+ weanling calves and Miracle. Our neighboring farm manager came to visit to let us know about it on a very foggy cold morning and luckily the calves were on the opposite side of the field. The driver did the damage and ran leaving what could have been a very dangerous situation especially for people going to work that morning and the bus full of kids going to school if the calves had got in the road. It was so foggy that morning that we could not see more than 10 yards in front of us but thankfully it only took about 30 minutes to repair.
We had just paid a fencing company to build this stretch of fencing in January due to the urgency of getting the calves in a secure field away from their mama’s while we waited for the right time to sale. The mama’s needed a couple months of recuperating before their new babies arrived this month.
The bottom two strands were broken and it would have been very easy for the 30+ weanlings to have gotten in the road and caused a more dangerous situation.
This was new fence that we paid to have put in along the highway.
The new post wasn’t broken off but the wiring was knocked off of it.
These are the tracks of the vehicle where it went into the field and back out. Hubby is sure it was a car instead of a pickup or more wires would have been broken.
The insulating tubes were shredded on the bottom and fence tore off at the end of the tubes.
More tracks along the road leading to the broken fence shows that the driver went out of the road on the wrong side, over-corrected as he went back on the asphalt and went back on the wrong side and into the fence and field. This is where we found the broken antennae from the car and some amber light fixture fragments.
Black marks on the road in front of the field.
Skid marks heading to the broken fence.
Skid marks in the grass.
Broken fence wire hanging from the posts.
We were upset the fence was torn down but more upset thinking about what could have been a more disastrous situation. I would hope that if it ever happens again that the driver would have the common courtesy of letting us know as soon as it happens!!