Look what came into my yard this evening. Chickens Bane. Destroyer of flocks.I think my defences will hold.....will know in the morning.
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Enemy At The Gates
They are not what I like to see around my flock either. They are however very beautiful animals in their own way. I also hope you defences hold, love the fact that you shared this pic with us though. Thanks Haystack
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Sorry about the quality of the picture it was a long zoom. Haystack I posted pictures of my chickens on my maran thread. I won't kill the fox because it eats to many vermin. I only kill racoons and possums but they are not wasted my uncle eats them.
I just chased of a two legged thief stealing corn. How sad. If they had only asked......
Cowpea, educate me. I never knew people ate, coons or possums. Do you know if that is common, and what do they taste like...Possums are so ugly I just can't imagine anyone eating them. I love learning new things, so educate me...Haystack
Also many, many, years ago I lived in Bossier City, worked in Shreveport, and was stationed in Ft polk. So do you live around any of those areas? I loved living in the south as it was so different from where I'm from. I found the people down south very warm and enjoyed myself very much...
My uncle is one of the last people to eat them around here.He is 87 years old and tells me that people used to eat them all the time. During the great depression they were free meat if you could catch them.He also sold the coon pelts a dollar each.As for tast I haven't tried them.I live 50 miles south of Bossier and Shreveport just off US 71 and know them well.Coushatta and Natchitoches are the towns I'm close to. For the most part people are still nice but drug use(meth for the most part) has has ruined most of the younger people around here and turned them into thieves and cutthroats. I've been robbed alot of times by methheads.
Haystack, didn't you ever watch the Beverly Hillbillies?? Granny was always cookin' up 'possum in one manner or other. I think 'possum pie was the favorite.
People around here still hunt and eat both 'possum and coon, though I'm not one of them. Maybe it's a southern thing, I don't remember hearing about it in NY, but we were pretty citified.
In my experience the people of Louisiana have recipes to eat a greater variety of "game" than most of us.
I'm praying it doesn't get it too. It would be really bad. They are great little diggers so that will be most likely what to watch for if your wire is secure
Catmad I loved the beverly hillbillies, don't remember the possum pie. That was one show I really loved, along with the Jeffersons...
Cowpea, That really saddens me to hear about the drugs, unfortunately that does turn people into thieves...I know first hand. My daughter stole over two thousand bucks in jewlery from my wife about ten years back and hocked it for drugs...She has never been welcome to my home since. I hate thieves, and I agree with you Cowpea, if people are in need and ask for help they will get it but when they start stealing they are not welcome. Doesn't matter who it is, a thief is a thief..."DRUGS" the very sound of that word irks me to no end...Haystack
yep meth/crack is a sever problem here as well. Lost my baby brother to it in 2004 and older brother if off but is totally useless from all the drugs the shrinks give you to stay off it. Both brothers all they wanted to do is stay in bed and both had gained about 100 lbs from the meds very quickly. What the heck kind of treatment is that??? Drug them up so bad they can't function!!!
It didn't get through fence thank goodness. I plan on burying some tin along the outside of my fence. It's so hot here and no rain for six weeks. It was 106 here Saturday with a heat index 115. August weather in June. Meth ruined my cousin.He was an excellent heavy equipment operator and welder by the age of 20 with a great job but within two years he had thrown it all away for drugs. I tried to save him but he told me it was to late for him to be saved. He has been in five different rehabs and is just a ghost of himself and if he gets caught with drugs again he will have to go to prison.He was the closest thing to a brother I had and I couldn't save him. I was raised by my grandma who was kinda iron fisted so I knew not to get in trouble or i would regret it. Here is pic of my baby marans.
My ex Dr married a younger girl and she got him hooked. he got into all kinds of trouble and ended up loosing his license and force back to his home state of Fla.
I hear the drug stories, and It just makes me so sad. They have been in my opinion the destruction of an empire once called the U. S. A. I have never used a drug including Pot in my entire life and I just don't understand the attraction. Why can't people just get high on life...The journey of finding lifes partner, the excitment of traveling the U.S. to see where we will live. The fiddling with work and exploring what we are really good at. The children, grandchildren, those smiling little faces, all the precious animals. Good LORD!!! What is wrong with us as a nation. The hell we put one another through with drugs, alcohol, and running off with someone elses mate is just sickening. I have found life to be wonderful and then the wonderful DGer's. I sometimes feel guilty that I'm so happy...I have the most wonderful wife and a garden full of great sisters that I admire...Chickenheads Rock!!!...Hay
We need a bumper sticker - "Chickens, not Drugs!" (or something like that.)
I love that idea, comon Porkpal, come up with a good slogan. I know!!! Porkpal why don't you start a slogan contest thread for chickens vs drugs...Really...Hay
I'm 34 and never been on drugs and never been drunk. Never have wanted to be.Been gardening since i was six and never looked back. Didn't have many friends growing up because i didn't do those things.I was married once but it didn't work out.I was played. Simple as that. Go for it porkpal! Here is a winter pic of my house.
I have custody of my great niece because her mother chose drugs over her children. The mom has no idea how painful and damaging the trickle down effect has been for everyone in the family, especially her daughter who may never get over all she's seen and been dragged through.
A coon somehow got through my defences and claimed another victim last night. In the words of the great bard Buggs Bunny "You know this means war".When I get through tonight working on my pen only a mouse will be able to get through. It also ate some of my watermelons.Coons cut holes on top of watermelons and scoop out the flesh.
CowPea That is one beautiful picture. I love the way you wage war... Cowpea, I know we don't really know each other, but I must tell you...I'm very proud of you. You have stuck to your guns, I also never had many friends growing up cause I wouldn't sleep around, and would not party or do drugs. Your the kind of woman any good and wise man would want...I have nothing but respect for you...Hay
Isn't it amazing Annie how many innocent victims one person on drugs can create! It is just beyond me as to where the attraction is...Try as I might I have never been able to figure it out...I don't know of any one thing that has brought so many tears out of me as drugs...The word detest is just not strong enough...Hay
Thanks Haystack for the complement but I'm afraid I'm a guy! LOL! All the girls I've ever dated called me farmer brown because I like to raise vegetables and animals.Tomorrow I'm getting some ameraucana chicks hope they are good layers. Got my pen fortified to the extreme. I caught a shoplifter at work trying to pass through my gate today trying to steal three chainsaw chains. Most likely a crackhead. Here is pic of a 45 million year old sasafrass leaf from British Columbia. I collect fossil leaves from all over north America.
Pugs will do! It has a nicer sound to it. Can't find a poultry term that rhymes - yet.
Cowpea I have Ameraucanas and they are the most reliable layers currently in the coop.
Also I had wondered who/what hollowed out my watermelons - raccoons, eh?
WOW CowPea, I'm rolling on the floor, I'm so used to being the only guy here that It never dawned on me... I hope you'll forgive me and I also hope you'll stick around. It's great having another guy on the forum. My mistake but the admiration still goes to you for sticking to your guns. Any smart woman would recognize the quality and stability you have...She'll come along my good man, i'd bet on it...Hay
Hey everyone! I got the last of my chicks today 12 ameraucana and 7 silver lace wyandotte.The ameraucanas are 4 weeks old but they don't look right. They don't match up with pictures I've seen.Almost look like quail.Will post pictures tomorrow.
Hey there Cowpea, Tonight at around 8 p.m. I was sitting outside on my front porch eating a piece of toast and out of the bushes came this very large coon. I ran inside and got my .22 but when I got back outside he'd disappeared. I had already chambered a round. I sat down and after about maybe a minute he appeared took one look at me and wandered toward my large coop where the doors were open and the silkies were playing. I watched him as he slowly made his way toward the coop. The silkies had not yet spotted him. Just as he got to the door he stopped and looked in both directions, as he turned his head toward me I pulled the trigger. A great head shot dropped him in his place. He never even squirmmed. That was the only coon I have ever seen here that was alive. I have been here for twelve years now. That was a very lucky sighting...Enemies at the gate...you bet...Howie...I hope you got yours by now...have a great week-end...
That sassafras leaf (fossil) is COOL! Those are my favorite trees. I keep forgetting to check and see if I can grow a few here in NE Texas. I think I'll head over to the Texas forum and ask right now.
I just spotted a fox while out on my evening walk. It took one look at me and ran. It was pretty large compaired to the foxes I've seen in central IL, but the same color as your's cowpea123. What variety of fox is that? My walking companion, Pumpkin, saw it too but decided since it was running away (and it wasn't near our "yard") that was good enough. I've spent a lot of time on the chicken fortress, so I think my guy is after rats and mice. And he can have as many of those and he/she can catch!
Here is Pumpkin in the snow--since we have a snow theme going.
I don't know why you couldn't Terri. I have them growing here wild in my woods and moved a couple up to the yard in full sun. You just have to make sure to water them good. They did freeze back this winter but started regrowing further down the trunk and one from the base
Donna I think you are right! I've asked on the Texas forum and it looks like just losts of water to get it started. So this fall I'll be looking for some baby sassafras trees!
depending on how I am doing I may be able to get you some
My waternelon patch which is about 3/4 of an acre. Oops left the picture off.
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Nice house!! I wish mine would even start out looking so professional. I'm just glad when the walls don't come down on my head....:)
I'm building it out of damaged lumber from work and only have about hundred dollars in so far.