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foxy

source I saw the fox today.  Up close. I heard distressed chicken-squawking and dropped the washing basket and ran outside. There he was, snapping at the tail fathers of one of my hens. I shouted and ran at him, and he backed up maybe one step and stood and looked […]

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snake in the woodpile

  So I don't want you to think we are all about killing over here. I don't actually want to see the fox dead, you know, just gone.  Snakes, too. I'm not particularly scared of snakes. Don't want one under the bed, but I don't freak out so much.   […]

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over here we are…

  .. walking around Mum and Dad's place, notebook in one hand, camera in other. .. talking about dogs, looking up rescue shelters, weighing up options. Trying to contain my excitement when Adam says "it was you who wanted to wait! I reckon we can use that metal cubby house […]

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counting our chickens

I love our chooks. They mosey around the chook yard and free range through the garden. They lay lots of eggs, enough for us to give a couple of dozen away every week. Perfect.    But we have a fox in the area.  I feel very conflicted about the fox. […]

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the chicken and the egg

We bought twelve hens a couple of months ago, White Leghorns, 20 weeks old, at point of lay. After two weeks, we lost one. Which is a euphemism along the lines of 'sleeping with the angels' (as opposed to 'lost her in the woods'/ 'lost her down the plughole' etc.) […]

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there goes the neighborhood

  We have a small flock of geese living next door. They hang out at our place quite a lot. They're quite peaceful, unlike other geese I've known.  They honk at me when I reverse the car in their direction.  (Or it could be because I'm shouting at them, "get […]

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up with the chooks

For someone who claims to despise clich├ęs, am I becoming one? Boy quits job, turns freelancer, family moves to country, girl bakes bread, has chickens… what's next? pot-bellied pigs? (or maybe Wessex Saddlebacks?) er, not just yet.  Whatever. I LOVE chooks. Love them. We always had them when we were […]

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new neighbours

In a short time we've become very fond of our neighbours. They're lovely.  And as a special treat, one of the four legged kind had babies two days ago. So we took cookies for our friend the farmer, and took another neighbour and trooped off down the road today to […]

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