We take our job seriously. We are custodians and caretakers of a variety of plants and animals and it is our job to keep them safe and cared for. Did we fail? Yes. Are we failures? No.
To say we were caught blindsided, by the attacks to our flock, might be an understatement. We were in a mode I called Chicken Bliss. That was the honeymoon period where we thought we had it all figured out. We had our chickens (and
ducks and goose) out in their coop/pens, for the past year or so, and they were thriving. Everything was going as planned, life was good.
Then tragedy struck. In one week, we lost the baby goose, then a cockerel, then another. We blamed the dogs. Our world was turned upside down.
I started to suspect raccoons because of the way the attacks were carried out. Whatever killed the birds got to them through the wire of their cage. At first, I rationalized it was the dogs because I thought they were the only ones who had access. The area where we keep the coops is completely fenced and all the runs are covered. The dogs are big, the wire is small, but still, what else could have done it? Two things changed my mind. One, the last attack happened when the dogs were secured away from the pen. Two, security cameras caught a raccoon raid in progress.
This morning I found another raccoon in the trap. That’s three in one week. I don’t like trapping, but we have been forced to take this measure to protect our birds. We will continue to do what we have to, to keep them safe. It is our job and we take it seriously.
We are talking about this and other farm/garden topics at www.facebook.com/thepocketfarmer.
I hope you can join us!