Posted 03-23-2004 at 13:22:49
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Yep, today I let the chickens out for about an hour, while I cleaned out their house. Put in fresh hay. Filled their feeder and waterer. After I finished, I sat down in the grass, they came up to me for a little attention, then went on milling about.
You can tell when there is a hawk about. The birds in the trees get nervous. Had several grackels making odd sounds, the little birds were flitty. About a minute of watching this and I decided to put them up. I began gathering them one by one, had one in my arms, and all of the sudden the grackels scattered, and SWOOP! Here come a red tail hawk right through the yard. He manuevered toward the chickens, but I clapped my hands and yelled, he flew on off. So, now that hawk knows theres food here. Can't let the biddies out without me out there. Not until they are big girls. Not even to get a glass of coke or something. I don't want to lose another.
Thanks Cindi for rooting me on when I was giving Claire advice! :) Hey, I may think a guinea looks like a turkey, lol, but I know my chickens! I did my homework way in advance, and filled this noggin with lots of info, and I am still reading and learning, just to be prepared.
I figure if your going to have any animal, you should learn about them, at least basic care, BEFORE you get them. AHEM... advice maybe two recent posters should take to heart, Claire and Abram. Not trying to be mean, but you two should be more prepared, it is a living thing that is totally dependant on you for care.
I don't enter into getting any animal lightly. Took me three years to get a border collie. I always buy books, and learn all the info online I can. I already have a goat book, and I don't even have goats yet! Probably won't for another year.
Mr. Swint says my new babies may be in a day early! So they may be here on Thursday, I am so excited, a new mother hen, again. :)
|Clare in oz ||
Posted 03-23-2004 at 14:37:49
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I had a sparrowhawk try to take one of my fully grown chickens once. The chicken ran in amongst some small trees and the raptor missed out on it's lunch.
Last week, like the Grackles alerting you to the hawk, my chickens and ducks let me know there was snake nearby.
I'm glad to see someone else who spends the time to do research. I love books so I too buy books about the animals I'm thinking about buying and try to get as much information as I can. I've got a couple of books about goats too but don't have any either. I would love to get some one day but can't at the moment...mainly because our place isn't really set up for them yet. I'm already busy with a cow, pony, chickens, ducks, a dog and two cats, and we might be getting a couple of lambs in the Spring...so goats are pretty much out of the picture at the moment. But I'll keep learning about them just in case.
All the reading in the world is nothing at all like the hands on experience but I like to be as prepared as possible...so that having the animals can be fun, rather than a lot of heartache. And when things do go wrong, as they can, I've got some idea of what to do.
BTW...what's a biddie?