This was Goldie, my beautiful Brahma hen.
She was one of the pair I was bringing to the new house to live with us in the yard.
We even bought them a little coop at Orscheln's Farm and Home a week ago.
Sorry to hit you with that as the first picture of the post, but I should have
You see, I saw them.
It couldn't be just one.
I knew they had been in the hen house, too, because I found all the feed gone one night, and
the waterer dirty.
Everyone was present and accounted for that morning.
It was so hot, I left the popholes open, but no more.
Even with the fan on, they are going to have to bear the heat.
Talk about barring the barn door after the cows got out.
(They couldn't get in, but the ramp dropped)
Each pophole still hooks shut on one side, but
raccoons are dexterous.
I dumped both of the water containers, and
also, I took the feed bowls inside so that
they couldn't get any. I did worry about them
going through the screen door, but they did not.
I even considered moving everyone over to the new hen house, but this yard
is just so much better.
Like I said, closing the barn door too late.
Someone said to me
"Why do you feed the wild birds, you draw every thing in"...
well, the fact of the matter is I have NOT been feeding the wild birds at the old house for months.
Yes, they come down and eat the chicken's feed... but I can't help that, and have never been able to help it. I do put suet out for them, but it is 150 feet away from this chicken yard, where
I used to hang it on the pole in the garden.
I never, ever left the pophole open in this chicken house at night,
unless it was 100 degrees still in the evening (heat index) so
very, very few times.
Recently though, I would leave it open so the chickens could put themselves to bed at night, since I did not go out late in the evening. Now I am having to go at 7, and chasing the birds inside so I can lock them up.
It's a quandary.
Here are the two brahmas on a happier day. Goldie was a beautiful golden-penciled Brahma.
I will bring another hen over here with Silver when she comes...but we
need to build a small yard for her, as this coop is way too small to keep two
hens in. It will be okay for them to sleep and lay in.
I will try to get back to more regular posting this week...
I'm sorry to have been gone so much. I need to catch up on everyone's blogs, too, I hate being behind!