Friday, 26 June 2009
The fox has eaten 2 of our chickens! Well, actually she got 1 and she injured another so that it died of its injuries. They were shut in their house at night but she managed to lift the sliding door up enough to get her nose in. It's lucky she didn't get right into the house or she would have killed them all. Another 1 had a bit gouged out of her neck and a fourth had a bit of her wing attacked, but they seem to be recovering well. No eggs for a while, I imagine, until they get over the shock.
I say "she" for the fox as I assume it is the mother of the cubs we hear making a racket in the field behind. I have 2 sets of friends who have lost all their chickens lately, including the next door neighbour, and not through lack of attention - they really are crafty things these foxes.
On a brighter note, Bacon & Sausage, the pigs, are loving the very wet weather we have been having today. It has made their field into a mud bath - and they are wallowing in it!
Here in the office we felt very important when a newspaper asked for some pictures of children on tractors. The ones we had weren't suitable - but of course they needed them now! Our ride-on tractors (apart from the youngest son's) are boxed, and generally need to have wheels and steering wheels attached, so we couldn't produce any immediately. A pop next door to borrow a John Deere pedal tractor resolved that one. Next problem - children! All but my smallest were at school, so a visit to another neighbour was called for. Unfortunately, they were on their way out - and one had chicken pox, which doesn't look great on camera. Eventually, I got some great pics of the youngest and middle (well, I might be slightly biased), let's hope they were in time for the article.
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