I had a chicken catcher visit yesterday. A young man who spent a couple of hours sneaking up on the runaway chickens catching them and returning them to the chicken coop. So to date there is only one (or maybe two) still wandering about with no home.
We have pigs to feed and I need all those eggs to be laid in the chook house. (We were gifted with SEVEN eggs yesterday!) The downside, of bringing wild chickens back into the fold, is that once we get a few stragglers back in there I have to keep the chooks door shut for a few weeks so the new ones can develop their homing instinct again. Otherwise, they just swan off with the wild roosters the first chance they get. Part Two is to rehome the roosters.
This morning I am hoping to get the chicken catcher back for a few hours and we will catch as many of these roosters as possible. They will go to the West barn. There was a wandering dog across the road on the West side who used to kill any chickens I homed over there but he is gone now – we think he died of old age but it is an awkward question to ask somebody who seldom comes out of their house for a casual conversation – “knock, knock, how are you, haven’t seen your dog in a while, is he dead?” – no, best just to make an educated guess and begin the migration.
The weather was so good yesterday that all the little pigs were out walking and scavenging through the field. Even Tane. Though with his crippled back legs it took him a long time with a lot of rests to get out there and a long time with a lot of rests all the way back home later in the day. The chicken-catcher and I had to help him for the last bit. He was very happy for the adventure though.
Wai making his bed. All I could see was his crooked bottom.
I hope you have a lovely day.
Sunday 01/28 10% / 0 in
Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 42F. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday Night 01/28 40% / < 1 in
Partly cloudy skies this evening will give way to occasional snow showers overnight. Low 24F. Winds N at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 40%.
7:07 am 5:05 pm
Waxing Gibbous, 87% visible 2:13 pm 4:09 am