Happy Homemaker, Ph.D.

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The Chicken Chronicles – The Attack

on March 6, 2012

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That is, most nights they were safely locked in their coop.  One night, we forgot to close the door to the coop.

Around 5:00 a.m. one morning, we awoke to the sound of the chickens clucking loudly.  This was about an hour earlier than usual for that time of year.  (They had been getting up with the sun around 6-6:30 a.m. usually.)  I asked my husband if they were alright, since it seemed strange for them to be up so early.  They sounded somewhat hysterical.

Chad got up quickly, not taking the time to dress, and ran outside barefoot, clapping his hands to make noise.  He saw two dark objects in the middle of the yard and ran toward them.  As he ran, one of the dark objects (that he quickly discovered was a chicken) was running toward him.  He jumped over her in pursuit of the attacker.  As he ran toward the redbud tree in the center of the yard, he saw the raccoon climb the tree.

Chad called for a flashlight, and I brought one as quickly as I could.  He remembered a shovel left near the tree and went back to try to displace the raccoon with it, but the animal somehow dropped from the top of the tree and escaped to the wooded area behind our yard.

Ethyl had been attacked.  The other chickens seemed riled but unharmed.  Apparently, Ethyl had been dragged from the chicken house toward the tree.  There were feathers all over the site where the raccoon had begun his work, but she was fine except for being scared and having a few scratches on her back.

We were more diligent in making sure we locked the door to the coop each night after that.  While we want to protect our egg supply and our small investment in the hens, we feel a great responsibility to look out for their welfare, to be good caretakers for these hens, and to give them the best lives possible, protecting them as best as we are able.

~Dana

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