This morning the chickens were outside of the barn again.
So my task was to dissuade hawks from eating them. I really want free range chickens but do not want to raise them for the local raptors. So I strung colorful yarn off the barn to the fencing to discourage the hawks from snacking on chickens near the barn.
I also put up my one-eyed owl. Not sure how scary he is anymore.
I strung up yarn behind the barn as well.
Another closer view.
I am discouraged that the roosters and geese did not provide more protection for that poor hen yesterday. But maybe this will help. Unfortunately right after I did it, Tom saw either a small hawk or falcon sitting on one of the fences posts with yarn attached to it. He obviously wasn’t scared of it.
On a lighter note, it is getting colder so I have been putting Ryeleigh in a sweater in the mornings. Here is her response. Pitiful, isn’t it?
I will get her eyes checked out by the vet though, with the differences in the red reflexes. Her one year birthday and rabies shot are coming up anyway.