It was just another day at Mucky Boots. The sun rose. The plants grew. The birds sang. Frankie barked. We drove into Victoria so I could see the physio for my sore back (now definitely on the mend) and so we could buy a few things, including a new B-A-L-L for Frankie and a new Lee Valley garden apron for me.
Oh, yeah, and a few rolls of holographic tape because this morning AN EAGLE LANDED RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CHICKEN YARD WHILE THE CHICKIES WERE OUT PLAYING!
Photo from here.
We knew this was a risk, since there are resident eagles nearby. But the yard is largely tree covered, and the holographic tape (which we are going to string on line in a kind of criss-cross Maypole roof above the chicken yard) was on our shopping list for today. But it seems we were just a bit too late.
Fortunately Kim was just on the other side of the fence filling the waterers. She didn't see the eagle land, but turned immediately when she heard an eruption of chickie-squawking, to see seven of the chicks running full-tilt into the coop, while the other three were trapped in a corner of the yard with a full grown eagle between them and the coop. Kim yelled and clapped and tried to get the gate to the yard open as fast as she could, and apparently caused enough of a fuss the eagle thought better of the whole thing and flew away.
So the chickies spent the day in the coop while we were in town, and will stay there until we get the lines up tomorrow.
They're probably wondering exactly what they graduated into...