Chickens and bears, oh my!

At the beginning of the summer, I had a happy little flock of thirteen chickens. On nice days, they, Chico, and I would hang out in the yard.

Like this.

Chico had his bone, the chickens looked for bugs, I weeded.

Then, all over my rural neighborhood, the bears started making problems in chicken coops. Last week, they made a problem in my coop. In fact, it was a slaughter. The remaining six chickens are going to a safe house tonight. Maybe some day they can come back, but for now, it just isn’t working here. I’ll really miss them. Many people believe that chickens are stupid. I know I used to. Real chickens, the so-called heritage breeds, are bright and a real delight to watch. Oh well, they won’t be far away and I’m sure I’ll be able to visit them if I want to.

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5 Responses to Chickens and bears, oh my!

  1. That is so sad. We are so lucky in New Zealand as there are virtually no predators (apart from hawks but our chicken house and free range area is close to some huge trees and the local hawk doesn’t come close to our house.
    How very sad that you lost 7 of them and even sadder that you can’t have the remaining 6 with you. I know the pleasure they bring. And I agree, heritage bred chickens are not stupid đŸ™‚

    • annieriecken says:

      It sounds like your chickens have a great safe haven. Mine are fine and well integrated with the new flock already. Maybe when the bears go to sleep for the winter my birds can come home for a few months. Thanks for your kind words from the other side of the world.

  2. Nancy Sheridan says:

    Bummer Annie. I’m glad they will be near by. Love the photos of creatures intermingling!

  3. nancybj says:

    I am so sorry this has happened. My condolences, friend

    Nancy

    On Sep 16, 2012, at 11:27 PM, canibringthedog wrote:

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