We all know how the keeper has an ongoing battle with all kinds of critters to keep them from eating her chickens. This includes opossums, hawks, raccoons, and dogs. She is diligent and plugs all the holes as she finds them, but sometimes even diligence is not enough and we lose some.
The Keeper was opening the gate to leave yesterday and she noticed a large full grown red tailed hawk in the neighbor's tree. He was a gorgeous specimen and the Keeper was admiring his looks as he sat there since he was no where near the barn or our chickens. At that moment, the Keeper realized he was looking at something on the ground that just happened to be a small bantam hen. The Keeper and the hawk dove at the same time. Point goes to the hawk because he got there first and pinned the chicken. The Keeper was a few seconds behind. Not being one to give up easily, the Keeper started yelling and waving her arms. Point to the Keeper because the hawk let go of the chicken. As the Keeper dived for the chicken, the hawk was trying to get away from this crazy human person. The hawk, the Keeper and the chicken all ended up in a tussle. The hawk got away with no injuries and the Keeper suffered minor scratches from the escaping hawk. Even though the hawk and the Keeper tied, the real winner was the bantam hen. She gets to live to eat bugs for another day. Yea!
Happy Trails To You!