Something has started frequenting the hen house on a nightly basis. Each morning a pile of feathers and nothing else, no bone or sinew, no carcase or wattle left to show that once that chicken was with us. Our problem is, we haven’t seen the perpetrator, does it come visiting on four legs or does he attack from the sky. Plans are being made to defend our birds, by the time all the suggestions have been put in place, our chicken house will look more like an embattled bunker. With just a little luck and a lot of good timing we may be able to catch the offending chicken thief before he decimates our dwindling flock.
Yesterday was a good day for the sumo chickens! We are raising a batch of these Cornish Cross Fast Growers as an learning tool for our WOOFER interns. We have been weighing test birds every other day and comparing weight, condition and quality of life with slow growing meat birds of the same age. The sumos were not happy when they were invited ( driven) outside of the chicken house into the big wide world. It was very gratifying to watch the birds, who typically eat-drink-poop-sleep in that order, (no deviation) to actually look like they are doing chicken stuff. Hopefully all the exercise wont have been too much for them and this morning the sumos will be looking happy healthy….and well fed.
Sadly, Jasper didn’t make it here yesterday but if everything goes to plan we will be picking him up this evening so hopefully all is well in Wisconsin today. Safe flight Jasper, see you this evening.
So, it is that time again. Neither Greg or I are firing on all cylinders today, we are both moving quite slowly, hopefully the fresh air will give us a burst of oomph. Take care, keep safe, M