It’s not always easy being green

I buried my chickens today.

A fox got in on Friday night (bit right through the chicken wire and made a hole big enough to climb through).

He (she?) killed them all and took one. I had been told they come back to take the others later, but he didn’t come back last night so today I dug a hole 4 ft deep.

I miss the eggs. I miss the silly animals scratching around the place. And curiously I think most of all I feel a sense of waste that now I have no-one to give my vegetable peelings to, or that leftover half-bowl of soup, or that half slice of bread and butter.

We’re already discussing what sort to get next. Traditional English breeds or newer hybrids? A mix of breeds, or all the same with a cockerel so that we can breed our own? Purely functional animals or ornamental?

Rest in peace: Ooly, Eggy, Audrey, Ken, Spock, Scotty, and Murray.

And good luck Mr Fox. But when you come back next time you’ll find thicker wire.

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5 Responses to It’s not always easy being green

  1. Catherine Wylie says:

    Hi Finn, Sorry to hear of your loss, as you well know, this is the downside, losing ones beloved animals. A note of caution -one must be careful upon stocking different breeds and adding a cockrel. Cockrels by their very nature will be a larger and heavier bird, one has to therefore be incredibly considerate to the smaller, lighter hens. As you certainly do not want to place a heavy male to mount a light female. Even within treading in the same breed, damage can incurr to the females, loss of feathers, ripped flesh from heavy talons and ultimately death through incompatability. Upon taking on a cockrel, an extra home, space for a run etc should be available ti give the ldies respite as required. Alas, our amourous orpington cockrel Vincent was in bachelor quarters for 9 months, I had to seperate until the hens wounds and feathers grew back and I did not introduce him until mating saddles were fitted. Yes, I know it sounds crazy but the larger traditional british breeds are heavy, one has to look after the ladies as they look after our breakfast table so well!
    We shall be breeding Buff Opingtons come March should you want a few more hens. Bestest, Catherine X

  2. Kathryn Brooke says:

    Hi, Finn. Read about the fox break-in on Eloise’s page. Such a waste! Good lesson on pen building, though, for those starting out with their own chickens. Hope you have better luck with the new ones. (meanwhile, you must surely be feeding a good stock of worms with those kitchen scraps?!)

    • finnjackson says:

      Hi Kathryn,
      Thanks, yes the pen is partially re-wired now…
      So far we have two new bantams (very small bantams these ones, even smaller than the last one we had) which someone was advertising in teh post office window. More to be added, probably next weekend. We’re even thinking of getting a cockerel 🙂

      Cheers,
      F.

  3. Paula Burgess says:

    I feel your pain Finn – I know how it felt to loose Barbara, even though she wasn’t taken by a fox. Margot moped around the garden for days looking for her…. then I got Cordelia, and Margot turned into some raving looney chookey for a few days…. oh happy days!

    • finnjackson says:

      Thanks Paula.
      Me and the kids are likely going to go and get some new chooks this weekend. One for each of us, and one for the dog! (as a pet, I mean :))

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