...in which our plucky heroine deals with predators of the four legged type...
well #%&! something got into the chicken house last night, after I shut them in for the night, made an unsuccessful attempt at henicide, and then left the chicken house somehow... Based on the amount of feathers in the disrupted henhouse interior, apparently some varmint attempted to grab a chicken. But was not successful. Yay for Mighty Hens of Valor! Boneclaw Mother is missing chunks of her rear feathers at least visibly, but I can't get close enough to them to see if there is any other damage. (only other explanation is that the hens went berserk after they were asleep, which seems highly unlikely...)
Now mind, I still needed to hie over to the hardware store to get eye bolts that were the correct inner diameter, but that was not a huge budget breaker, and only took a few hours there and back. Fortunately it was a rare clear dry day, which made using the electric drill and the 50 ft extension cord a safe option, and I returned from my shopping with plenty of time to cobble together more resistant closures:
Hopefully even tiny varmints with thumbs can't pull the rebar out of the eyebolts...
I really need to get my butt in gear about building a new chicken house... this one is almost ten years old, and while some parts, like the roof, are still very sound, other bits, like the walls, are showing their age. When I get the new chicken house built, which will have integral latches for all the access doors, I will see if we can convert the old chicken house into a feeding shelter... maybe take out the walls, keep the sound roof, and it can have a second life
October SMART goals
|#||THINGS MADE||THINGS FIXED||THINGS GONE|
|1||charter #16||primed shakes||pruning apple tree|
|2||rune enamel||painted chookhouse |
forged iron weight
|paper recycle bin|
|3||-||re-knit sweater cuffs||yardwaste bin|
|4||-||hem A/C top||-|
front door bar
back door latches