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Cock-less

March 7, 2011

Rooster in grass.

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As In, The Only Rooster is Dead

Yep, (sniff, sniff) our only rooster, named Chick-Duck, is dead.  He didn’t show up at morning chow time this morning.  When he did show up, his head had been removed, and the feathers had been removed from his neck.  And something, some nasty, rotten predator, had tried to pull Chick-Duck through the fence feet first.

So the Crowing will be Limited

One of the nice things about having a rooster around is the crowing.  They just SOUND cool.  And I had been looking forward to having a few broody hens raise some chicks for us come spring.   They will still produce eggs for us, but they will not be fertile eggs.  No fertile eggs, no chicks.  Bummer.

Worst of All, The Predator is on the Loose

Whatever it was that killed poor Chick-Duck will probably come back.  So provisions must be made.  Was it a coon?  An owl?  A hawk?  Or something else. Nuisance bastards like this must be found out, and proper precautions taken.  Having a big, mean outdoor dog on patrol is the best solution for first level protection.

What a bummer.  The girls had boosted egg production today with a new record production day for 2011.  I am sure gonna miss old Chick-Duck.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2011 12:19 am

    Noooo! Not chick duck! 😦

  2. March 7, 2011 12:00 pm

    Afraid so. I apparently need 2 brown dawgs on patrol around the chicken pen.

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