Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Just another day


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.

Whew.


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...

7 comments:

Flartus said...

Wow. Eagles. I applaud Kim for being willing to do battle for her chickies! I guess having eagles in the neighborhood is a nice problem to have, but still... I'm interested to see what this holographic Maypole looks like; I'm picturing the chickens dancing around it with the tape in their beaks. :)

Love that picture of Frankie: ready to launch!

Natalie said...

Yikes!

Paula said...

Loved the first pic. Very cute of both of you.

Eagles are cool, but not in your chicken yard.

When I was in Florida, people had problems with herons fishing in their koi ponds (koi are really, really expensive, and the bigger they are, the more they're worth), so they'd criss-cross their ponds with high test fishing line.

I wonder if the same sort of scenario would work for your yard. Are the fences for it above your heads so that you could walk under something like that? I would imagine that it would be pretty cheap to string something up.

The only other thing to keep stuff out for sure (and I'm thinking of slinking, crawling, clever varmints like you know what) would be some sort of wire cloth or fence fabric.

Speaking of fabric, what would happen if you slung a tarp over the top of the yard? I mean, besides the shade, obviously? If the eagles couldn't see them from the sky then, well, they couldn't, um, see them...

It's just an idea. I hope you get your boys and girls safe.

Congratulations on Frankie's new B-A-L-L.

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

YIKES!! We lived in Alaska for 10 years and I always and still enjoy seeing them, but I know very well what eagles are capable of carrying off. I recall that someone there used to also hang old CD's with the tape to keep them away. I hope it works and I'm glad Kim was there--She's very brave!

Hope your back continues to feel better!

jeanives said...

So, Jim turned off our modem in the midst of my comment and now I cna't remember what erudite statement I was composing. Something along the lines of eagles being bloody big and for Kim to be careful! love you guys.

Toni aka irishlas said...

Brave Kim, protecting her flock! Wow, bet that go the adrenalin flowing!

We put plastic bird netting on the top of our run with a painter's cloth on one section for some shade. It's worked like a charm keeping the hawks out. But then, eagles would probably laugh at plastic bird netting!

Miriam said...

We thought about that, too, Toni - and in fact that's what was there when we bought the place. Apparently it works just fine to keep eagles out. But our chicken yard is quite large, so the netting sagged down in the middle and and it hard to get around underneath. Plus there are trees in the yard, and when they shed their leaves in the fall they all piled up on top of the netting and pushed it down and got tangled up. Oh, it was a mess! But that IS what most people here use. Trust us to have to do things the hard way...

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