Sunday, July 26, 2009

"CHOOKS ON THE LOOSE"

Hon, will you let the girls out? Those were the first words of the morning to my husband, it was around 7:00 AM and he was off to purchase his morning newspaper. My feet touched the floor about 7:45AM came downstairs had my orange juice and looked out the window expecting to see the girl's- no girls. I thought it strange, but it had rained the previous day and night, I figured they were not wanting to get their feet wet. 8:30 AM still no appearance from the girl's, I say to my husband, somethings not right. Out the door I go, as I get closer to the coop I realize the pen door is open. Okay, maybe they are still on their roost, please still be on the roost. No such luck. Honey, the girl's are gone, gone as in flown the coop. The first thought that entered my mind was, okay Winslow has been in the yard since coming home with DH, we heard no barking. Winslow barks at everything. Good sign. No feathers in his mouth, no feathers in the yard. Another good sign. Then I thought about the very large fox that trotted up our driveway the day before. Bad sign. Could one or some of my girl's been this morning's breakfast. I scan the yard, look up in the tree's, and then call out "Gladys", "girls", "Gladys". To my amazement here they come. One by one they trot out from the woods behind their coop. Oh happy day, all ten with feathers intact. In the pen they go, pen door closes, I double check feathers and toes, we both breathe a sign of relief. That was enough stress for one day. And I thought we were empty nesters!

6 comments:

Farmgirl_dk: said...

Phew! That kind of stress is not pleasant!

Eve said...

I go away for a couple days and all heck breaks loose!!!

Leslie said...

How scary! Hubby let the hens out alright. Now they got a taste of freedom so watch out.

Kritter Keeper said...

ahh, you are a good mom! your babies were out in the woods for an adventure! isn't it great when we know when something is wrong? you probably avoided something tragic with that fox. that is cute that you check the toes...what happens to them?

DayPhoto said...

Boy do I know THAT feeling! I get it with the chickens (one hid last night) and the cat, who wants to live outside!

I chased a coyote away, about 1:00 a.m., from under our bedroom window. They can go live someplace else and not our yard!

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Jenny said...

Glad they all came trotting back when you called Julie! Not a good way to digest your breakfast! (-: