Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Rant About Wild Animals And.....

some pictures of the green beans bed and the squash/zucchini bed.

I bought a baby monitor to use for the chicken pens. The monitor is a good one that reaches up to nine hundred feet. We sleep with that monitor sitting by our bed each night. We've determined that we're going to get that sneaky "whatever" that is killing our chickens.

Sunday night I heard a hen squawking but for only a few seconds. There was a lot of static on the monitor at the time. William was going "hunting." He got his gun and started out to the chicken pens. The rain was coming down in sheets. Hence, the static. We decided the hen was squawking because of the loud noise of the rain hitting the tin roof of her house and most likely that's why she was squawking.

But in the larger pen there was an animal busily gnawing through the wire to get to the chickens in that pen. This animal cut a large hole in the wire, got a hen and escaped unscathed. Because of the rain we didn't hear those chickens making any noises. Now we're down to three hens and a rooster in that pen.

We feel that we are raising chickens only to feed the wild animals around here. Traps have been set, the animals go into the traps, get the bait without tripping the door of the trap and then it goes on it;s merry way to come again another night.

There has to be a way to stop this thief from stealing our chickens and our eggs for that matter. Calamity Jan is going to have to set up a stake-out to catch the culprit/culprits. It seems the bandit only comes out when it's raining or storming. While I'm not scared of the dark I am very nervous about sitting on a stake-out with lightening popping all around and me under huge oak trees. This just kinda gives me the "Willies". But something has to be done and William can't sit up all night and work the next day. So that leaves me! GULP!

Now to the garden. The green beans are growing and are wrapping their runners around the stakes William put up for support.

May 8, 2010

May 15, 2010

This picture is of the beans I planted on May 15th. Every bean seed came up or it looks that way.

The squash and zucchini took a growth spurt from one week to the other, also.

Squash/zucchini bed on May 8th.


And on May 15th.

Enough rambling for today. I'm really enjoying watching the garden grow!


  1. Beautiful garden.
    I don't know what to tell you about the thief.
    Do you have dogs??

  2. Thank you. Other than building the beds and getting them filled, this has been one of our easier gardens to grow.

    We have a house puppy but no outside dogs. I've been trying to convince my husband that we need a good guard dog to live in the pasture. So far it hasn't work. LOL