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Re: What's happening here
  • Subject: Re: What's happening here
  • From: Jesse Bell <justjess01@gmail.com>
  • Date: Mon, 24 May 2010 15:55:04 -0500

Some chicken farmer told me once that if you string wire across the
yard area and attach ribbons that float around in the wind and old pie
tins, it will detract the preditor birds.  Well, it would detract me
too!  Not a pretty site.  I saw his place...
I have a deer in with my chickens right now...and he keeps them away
during the day.  Right now I have to be careful because half of the
roof of my chicken house was torn off with the tornado and winds.
Gotta guy coming out to fix it this week.  But I worry about an owl
getting in there during the night.  They are just wasteful when they
kill my chickens.  If you're gonna kill it and eat it...then DO IT.
But they just take their heads off and leave the body on the ground.

On 5/24/10, Johnson, Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI
<cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil> wrote:
> I hoped a new rooster would help, just need to find a grown one. Can't
> cover it...their 20' x 40' enclosed area contains not only their little
> coop, but two trees, a storage shed, and eight gold arborvitae.  Never
> even considered needing to cover it, we don't have many predators here
> and we haven't had a problem with the ravens though they've been nesting
> nearby for years. We see the occasional red-tail hawk but never saw them
> try to hunt.
> We can make a smaller covered pen to attach to the coop, that will give
> more room until the ravens leave for the year and we get a new rooster.
> And at least the critters didn't get my favorite hen, a golden-laced
> Wyandotte.
> If we ever get more chickens I would like to have ones that lay
> chocolate-brown eggs.
> Cyndi
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
> Sent: Monday, May 24, 2010 12:50 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] What's happening here
> Need a couple of mean roosters!!! And, the cover.
> Bonnie
> ETN Zone 7
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Cyndi D Civ USAF AFMC 95 CS/SCOSI Johnson"
> <cyndi.johnson@edwards.af.mil>
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Sent: Monday, May 24, 2010 2:00:17 PM GMT -05:00 US/Canada Eastern
> Subject: [CHAT] What's happening here
> I'm so tired of wind. At least it isn't destructive like what some of
> you have to go through, but it's been blowing constant 20mph for over
> two weeks now. Even for here that's a bit much. And it's unseasonably
> cold - the local mountains even got a dusting of snow. I wore fewer
> clothes working out there in February! And when it's windy after a
> couple hours there's so much dust in my eyes I can't focus on anything
> and I just can't wash it out. I keep meaning to buy myself a pair of
> safety goggles, the ones we have are too scratched and old - works ok
> for weed-whacking, not so good for anything requiring actual sight.
> But I did get the entire veggie garden weeded (woohoo!). I had to pull
> the row cover off the corn and beans, they are getting too big to keep
> it on, and the wind promptly heeled the corn over at about a 45 degree
> angle. I mulched heavily and fixed that. Pepper plants are getting beat
> to death, but despite it there are actually a few peppers forming, and
> hopefully the plants will recover if the wind ever stops. I also noticed
> a few tomatoes.
> I picked another 4.5 pounds of snow peas, that's about 12 pounds total
> for the season (!), and the peas are about done. The Oregon Giant peas
> are still hanging in there with a few blossoms left but we won't get
> much more from them. I always wondered how long they would go if it
> weren't hot and it seems they, like the spinach and cilantro, just have
> a limited lifespan. I have lots in the freezer plus we have been eating
> them steamed or stir-fry almost every night.
> After that I went out front, deadheaded half the roses and did some more
> weeding. My zinnias are in suspended animation and the ornamental millet
> is not getting enough water where I planted it. That ptilotus "Joey" has
> very cute blooms but it is small; it is supposed to be heat and drought
> tolerant so perhaps when the weather warms it will grow more. I will
> grow it again next year. Coreopsis and gaillardia are starting to bloom,
> the achillea looks wonderful, the lavender is finished blooming.
> We had some casualties in the chicken coop. Couple weeks ago a coyote or
> dog got into their area and took two hens and our rooster. We actually
> found the rooster alive a few days later, huddled in a dark corner of
> the horse's stalls fifty yards away, but he was in sad shape and didn't
> make it. We barricaded their run but a couple days later husband found
> two more dead hens in there mostly eaten and we think a pair of nesting
> ravens killed them, since there's no rooster to be protective now. So
> they are locked up while we figure out what to do...never had to worry
> about attacks from above before.
> Cyndi
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