Yesterday afternoon, we discovered that two of our hens were the victims of a raccoon attack. I suppose these things are common.... particularly in urban areas, though after three years of rearing hens I somehow assumed we would never have such a sad thing happen to us.
|Drucilla and Penelope in happier days!|
Drucilla, the Ameracauna and Penelope, the Barred Rock were killed in our back yard while both my husband and I were away at work. Drucilla was dragged away, and Penelope was left dead in the side yard.
Despite fences and other precautionary measures, the raccoon still managed to find his way into the pen and kill two hens while wounding the comb and eye of Rosemary, our Silver-Laced Wyandotte. She appears to be fine, though her eye looks like it hurts. I am hoping she doesn't lose her vision.
Thanks to a trusted neighbour, my husband was able to come home in time to secure the pen and save the rest of the flock. Thank goodness for good neighbors and loud hens!
This week's project will involve a re-vamping of the chicken run area, and a thorough securing of the side fences. We are assumming that the raccoon got in because of regular wear and tear to this access point which is pictured above. Let this sad day be a reminder for all of you out there to critter-proof your chicken runs before cold autumn weather brings forth more roaming wildlife!