Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
My normal routine every night is to wait until dark and all The Ladies are in for the night before heading out to lock up. If I go out before they are settled in, they tend to take longer to turn in because they think they are going to miss out on treats or something if I’m there Anyway, after I do a head-count, everything is all locked up for the night.
Tonight was a little different. There was an extra head in the head count…
That’s not how I found him… he (she?) was actually huddled in with the other chickens. My initial reaction was to try and get him out as quickly as possible, and in that attempt, he tried climbing as far up as he could (which really wasn’t much) to get away from me.
None of the chickens seemed to mind that he was there, but still didn’t make me feel any better.
I didn’t have gloves on or anything, so I ran to the house to grab gloves, a towel and my live animal trap (and of course my camera). My plan was to put the towel on the guy, put him in the trap and then relocate him somewhere far enough away that I wouldn’t have to worry about him again.
As all my well-laid plans go, it didn’t work out that way.
I got him out – and wow! Raccoons sure can have a strong grip on a whole lot of nothing I was surprised (and relieved) that he didn’t try to bite me… but I wasn’t quick enough to get him in the trap, so he got away.
I now have to be vigilant to see what’s going to happen next. Is he going to be so traumatized that he won’t come back? Or did he make friends with The Ladies, and nothing will prevent him from visiting again? Will he bring friends? Will they be hungry?
I think that I am going to try and set the trap and see if I can catch him anyway. I would feel a whole lot better if I knew he was gone…
Thursday, March 24, 2011
I have been very neglectful of my blog.
And of all the blogs sitting in my reader.
I’ve been busy, but not with anything worth writing about… I will try to catch up and be more attentive
I do have to say that I saw something today that amazed me. Something I haven’t seen in probably at least ten years… probably more. I saw not just one, but two school buses drop off kids at the corner of their street.
Yes, that’s right.
The buses stopped at the corner of a street and a group of children got off and walked towards their homes. I thought all buses were required by law or something to stop in front of the house of every child on a school bus.