Friday, February 7, 2014

The Chicken Hawk Strikes Again

Another weekend is upon us, and another snow storm is on the horizon.  We ended up having 2 snow days last week...pretty typical of late.  It is calm and quiet at the moment:  JP is reading, the dogs have finished eating and are snoozing on their blanket, J has just finished her homework and the girls are both "getting ready for bed" (a pursuit that can last hours if we let it.)  We are recording the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

JP got off work before I did today...amazing!  He rushed home, up our driveway that is a sheet of ice, and moved another 7 logs from the big stack to underneath the barn lean-to.  I guess we are working on wood again tomorrow!

When the girls and I finally reached home after Voice Lessons and a quick stop at the Library, then the Grocery store, they headed out to feed the chickens and gather eggs.  J  burst into the house just a few minutes later with tears streaming down her cheeks.  "There's a dead hen!" she sobbed.

Sure enough.  It appears that our nemesis, the Chicken Hawk, has paid another visit to the chicken run.  I saw him just yesterday, swooping low over the run, then disappearing into the woods down the hill.  This time, the victim was one of our Golden Comet Hens - a superb layer.

If you have a minute, check out this clip of Henery Hawk learning about what Chicken Hawks do.

In the kitchen, I found yet another surprise.  My Dad hung the new door for my pantry while we were away!  On the other side of the door is a cabinet which will have a locking door.  I will post another picture when that is finished - if possible (it's close quarters in there!)

So...even though we ended the week on a sad note, things are looking up...and the whole weekend is ahead of us - hip hip hooray!

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