Today started out normal enough. After everyone’s breakfast Fergus and I went for a long walk. We came home and I was drying him off (there is a river on our walk and swimming is mandatory) before going out to the coop to check for eggs. But before I could finish I heard a very loud clucking sound…loud and panicky. I dropped the towel and rushed outside. There were no chickens in the run, the clucking was coming from the coop. But what was that in the run? A bird…trapped in the run and flying up repeatedly..trapped by the netting. But that bird was huge…that bird was a HAWK!!! IN THE RUN!
..and Amber was in the nesting box. All there. I closed the door to the outside so the hawk couldn’t get in. But he wasn’t trying to get in, he was trying to get out. How did he get in?!
There is one place without netting. It is small and there are tree branches which I thought would provide cover.
But apparently not….this hawk got in. How the girls got away is beyond me..maybe the hawk got stuck in some of the netting and got distracted. Or maybe they were just lucky. But they were all okay, if a little distraught.
The hawk was pretty distraught as well. Though I wasn’t feeling very sympathetic.
I went back and checked the girls. They were still upset (except for Amber who was happily sitting on three eggs and I think missed the whole thing) and NOT interested in leaving the coop. But they were able to eat a few worms without too much angst.
So everything was ok. The outcome could have been very different. I will be getting more bird netting and there will be NO open places in the run. And the girls will be in their old run until then!
At least Fergus was forgiving of his interrupted drying off. He managed to settle in on the couch wet and have his after walk nap.