A rather dramatic event yesterday evening about 19:45 when a large sea-hawk attempted to take one of our Chooks! We usually close the chooks into their Coup after 20:00 and they are usually out and about scratching at 19:45.
We were very lucky in that I happened to be sitting with the Ample Puppy (Rufus) in the kitchen and heard a bit of squawking. Normally this amounts to nothing but I jumped up. The hound jumped up! We both jumped out the door!
The hawk was on top of Marie-Antoinette and has his/her talons and beak in her! Two of the other chickens were jumping on the hawk! Which is pretty brave and I was touched by their devotion. Even I was a bit scared of this big bird of prey!
Rufus wasn’t. He sensed a chance to be the Farm Hound and he went for the hawk! Fortunately the hawk flew away before Rufus decided his duty required him jumping over or through the electric fence.
Marie-Antoinette was very shaken but has come good.
The upshot was that the chooks all got moved today from where they were (the hot weather spot) to a new spot. Its well protected by trees. The kids swing has been annexed by Chooklandia.
However, lets face it, if the hawk wants to come back we are in trouble. Our only hope is that the triple combo of shouting irishman, team working chooks and excitable Irish Terriers all adds up to a bit too much bother for the terror from the above.