We haven’t done a Fowl Friday post in a while, so I thought we’d do a quick update. Through much of winter the chickens have been hunkered down, trying to stay out of the rain, and of course, last weekend…the snow.
Our retired orchard hens were somewhat befuddled with the white cold layer that lightly covered the garden on Saturday morning.
Our young chickens, now almost a year old, apparently generated more than enough body heat between them to actually melt the snow on the roof of their coop!
The snow on Frodo’s pen helped to somewhat conceal the fact that as yet, although it’s primed, I still haven’t managed to get around to painting it. Sorry Frodo, I’ll catch up as soon as the hives are painted, I promise.
Frodo is better equipped for snow than our other chickens though…at least he has leg warmers!
Speaking of Frodo. Our drama prone rooster has been up to his old tricks, and has continued to garner the attention of the local wildlife during the last couple of weeks.
For months, since Zilla was killed, we’ve had a tenacious Bobcat endlessly stalking the fowl on the farm. The girls have essentially been on lock-down ever since, as the bobcat was sighted almost daily from November through the end of January. Just as things were starting to calm down though…something else showed up.
At first we thought this visit was a one off. This particular coyote looks like a youngster, albeit a rather raggedy looking one.
Frodo clearly was not amused by the incursion…
…especially when the next afternoon, the coyote returned!
Like the Bobcat in recent months, this coyote is persistent and has been around almost every day this week. It’s not the first time we’ve had coyotes around stalking our chickens.
We don’t see them here as much as the Bobcats, but they are occasionally around in winter and spring, and they’re not in the least bit shy, even during daylight hours.
To help set up a buffer zone around Frodo’s portable pen, we’ve now put our portable electric poultry fence around the perimeter. Although the fence doesn’t keep the Bobcats out, it does seem to slow the coyotes down, and helps to provide a buffer zone around the pen so this coyote can’t just walk right up and scare the tail feathers off of our poor rooster. Let’s face it, losing your tail feathers once is bad enough! At least Frodo’s pen has now proven to be both bobcat and coyote proof. Frodo thinks that’s something worth crowing about!
Coyotes aren’t the only wildlife visiting Frodo though…look who was accidentally trapped in Frodo’s pen!
This little Junco must have slipped in before I locked Frodo up for the night, as first thing in the morning, there he was, confused and clinging to the side wall. No worries though, he was quickly released unharmed, and I don’t think Frodo ever noticed that he was there.