This past week has been craptastic….
I’m not even sure that is a word, but it works. Last Saturday we had the huge wind storm that blew the chicken tractor away and it is pieces. Luckily the bantams were in the steel barrel that didn’t blow away. A piece of the barn roof flew away as well. Limbs down and a real mess. But we survived and made due.
Sunday we had most of the quail hatch done and the chicks started.
Then came Monday. Lots and lots of preparing for the incoming snow. Which decided it wanted to be ice. Yay. We got through it. Tuesday all the animals were good. The ice did a number on the predator netting, but I was able to get it back up.
Wednesday was uneventful. Wednesday night was busy. Ruined church meal, wet and cold chick that I had to shove in my shirt and sit in front a heater with, and it was 10 degrees out. All the animals had extra hay and all the tarps were in place. Everyone survived the night, even the little chickie.
Thursday was another predicted cold night. Low of 1 degree. And it was. But that wasn’t the bad thing. All day Thursday the neighbor’s dogs was terrorizing the birds. I kept running them off. But right after work Super Mutt was going nuts and I looked out to see the door to the turkey tractor crushed in. I knew what that meant.
I ran out and found the large dog spitting feathers out of her mouth. Then I saw the layer run gate pushed down and the little dog on the turkey. Before I could get down the hill they had both run off. In the middle of the run was the turkey. All his long feathers gone and a great deal of his down gone. I cried. I screamed. I was furious. I picked him up and took him in the barn and began searching all the coops to make sure everyone else was fine. There were feathers everywhere.
Everyone else was fine. Terrified, but alive. Then I ran to the neighbors and let the neighbors mother have an earful. I was done. I called the animal control but they were already closed. I moved the turkey to the bathroom and put a heater on him. He didn’t look good at all.
It was going to be so cold that I had to bring the barn kitties in, but now they had to go to the bedroom. They were in heaven. Miss Kitty was thrilled. So much to explore and the window fascinated her. I think she would make a decent inside kitty. She was enjoying the snuggles in the bed. Snuffles loved the chair. Super Mutt is not happy it smells like cat now.
I called animal control this morning. And they will send someone out. We will see. I called the landlord to let them know what happen and that I did call animal control. That told me that they had another talk with him and that he may just have to pay a fine to get the message across. He did finally come to the house. He said he didn’t see any feathers. As I looked down the hill I pointed out the breeze picking them up. He said he would find me a replacement tom and if not he would pay for me to get another. I told him his dogs will keep coming back to my property because they have a taste for chasing and eating my birds. He didn’t have much to say. Still doesn’t understand what the problem. Maybe a fine will help he get the picture. Next weekend I will start the fence. Thanks to my mom for sending me some money and hopefully some church men for their muscles. I also have one very strong son.
It has been rough, but I have survived. The fence will solve all kinds of issues and I know Super Mutt will be excited to get to run, sniff, mark and bark at everything. There will be buck in the future and more turkey. Spring is around the corner. Spring will bring it’s own fun times, but it will be warmer and lots of baby creatures to love on. I’m done being frozen and things dying. I’m ready for new life and happy times. Spring if you are listening…..”HURRY UP AND GET HERE ALREADY!!!!’ Stay warm everyone. Maybe next time I will have sunshine and rainbow stories. Happy Friday.