Amber has a habit of alerting me about many things. Some are important, like the day Briana managed to get out of the run and Amber tattled on her. But mostly she is telling me that she wants the nesting box and someone else is using it, or she is ready for some yogurt or another treat. She lets me know if it starts to rain or if the wind is especially scary. So this morning when she started making lots of noise I didn’t rush out there. But it was very early for her to be making such a racket so I looked out.
Since they were all there, no one had escaped and no one was using the nesting box. They must just want their yogurt.
But when I got closer, I saw a young bear cub coming around the shed.
I didn’t have the camera so I couldn’t get a picture, but this is where he was. Just peeking around the corner, coming from the woods. “Where is your Mom?” Was my immediate thought. No wonder the girls were so upset!
I didn’t like that they were in the temporary run….it may be hawk proof and a barrier from foxes, but a bear would have no trouble getting in. I wanted them in the real run, or better yet the coop but I wasn’t about to get between a mother bear and her cub. I watched and waited. The cub went back behind the shed, but the girls were still squawking and they were looking at the run. They clearly wanted to go in but something was stopping them.
Luckily Mama Bear was just passing through. And her curious cub decided to get a bit too close for Amber. It was scary but no harm was done.
In any case, things got quickly back to normal. A little yogurt calmed everyone down. And then it was back to pecking and scratching…..