fox_on_driveway6_30mar09_cropped Acouple of weeks ago, on 10 March 2009, chasing back all of the hens and Ole (the Americauna rooster) back into their coop, one of the hens, Helen, was missing.  After I locked everyone up, I found her.  The creature that ate most of her had dug a small hole under the deer fence, and had actually bitten through some of the metal of the fence and bent the metal upwards and backwards to create an opening large enough for it to get through.  It was our local California Coastal Grey fox (although he has some red in him, too, in the picture taken above from our front driveway on 30 March 2009). I saw Mr. Fox around the neighborhood not too much afterwards.  My hubby buried what was left of our best-laying hen about 1 foot deep.  Next day, her remains had been dug up and were completely gone!  To add insult to injury, a few days later our prize rooster was also taken.  This time, over the fence, no carcass to be found, only his pretty tail feathers strewn about… Now, the three remaining hens are staying cooped up.

Getting comfy for the night

Getting comfy for the night.

Well, we have four laying hens here at No Worries Farm:  3 Rhode Island Reds and an Orpington. Our newest addition (as of 24 January 2009) is an Americauna rooster.  Take a look! Is he the weirdest bird you’ve ever seen? But, he has a pleasant disposition, since his former owner picked him up and petted him daily as he was growing up.3_under_fig_13jan09_smallred_one_13jan09_smallbarak_portrait_24jan09_smallThe rooster’s new name is Barak, because he’s a gentle, but firm, leader.