Thursday, June 26, 2014

Foiling a varmint and enjoying my chicks

Let me just say that I appreciate the things Cliff does for me.  Of course, he wants fresh tomatoes too, but I don't think he would have gone to all the work he's done today just for his own benefit.  Tomatoes are the main thing I want from my garden.  If all else fails, that's fine, but I want home-grown tomatoes.  Some pesky varmint (or varmints, plural) has been eating green tomatoes every single night:  Pulling them off the plant, eating 1/4 of each one, and getting another.  

I really hope it's possums rather than raccoons, because possums don't bother sweet corn; coons do.  Someone figured as how it couldn't be a raccoon because they like water with their food.  Listen, if you camp out in any state park in Missouri, you will soon learn that those evil creatures will eat anything they can get their paws on.  One time when the oldest grandson and I were in our popup camper at Watkins Mill State Park, he woke me up:  "Grandma, Grandma," he called as quietly as he could and still wake me up.  "Shine the flashlight over here."  
A raccoon was IN the camper with us, eating a loaf of bread.  Nothing to drink, just the bread.  So there you have it.  They will also open your ice chests if you don't secure them and dig out hot dogs and other goodies.  The only animal that has done more damage to Missouri state parks would be geese:  Watkins Mill used to have the nicest, sandy beach at the lake there.  Then the geese took over, and last time we went, you pretty much were swimming in goose poop if you dared swim at all.  

  Anyway, here's the plan:

It's low to the ground and all the way around the garden.  Cliff was going to plug it in directly to 110, but realized that might kill the cats, as well as varmints.  So we'll get back the fencer we loaned to the daughter.  I hope her dogs have learned their lesson by now about digging under the fence.  

I am really enjoying my hen and chicks.  It's been a long time since I've had them around, and once I go outside, I can't stay away.  I thought I only put twelve eggs under that hen, but there are thirteen chicks.  I guess I wanted one for good measure.  
Cliff thought I would be letting Mama hen and her babies out during the day to roam free, but I reminded him of the brazen fox that trots around here in broad daylight, showing no fear of us at all.  Not to mention hawks.  Nope, until they outgrow this little coop the chicks stay there.  I will probably remove their mom when they are three or four weeks old and get her back in the egg-laying business.

8 comments:

Adirondackcountrygal said...

That sure is a pretty chicken, all golden! Will the chicks stay that color?

Cindi said...

phew..that's plenty tending too...wishing you the best of luck...those critters need to move on....lol

Donna said...

The rooster and two of my hens are Buff Orpington, so those will stay pretty much the same color. The little black ones have the same daddy but Barred Rock moms, and if they take after their moms they will end up black-and-white speckled. I think there is one Rhode Island Red cross in the mix, and four who came from Araucana eggs (the white ones, I assume, since she is the nearest to white of any of my hens.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I hope that stops what ever it is ! Tomatoes are such a treat in the summer and I know you can or freeze them too for use later on. Your chicks are a delight for sure. It would be hard to stay away from them.

Jon said...

Well, I sure as hell won't be stealing your tomatoes.....

Whenever I leave food outside for the cats at night, the skunks and racoons eat it.

The new chicks are adorable. I hope they stay safe.

TARYTERRE said...

Looks like the plan you have to thwart the tomato thieves might just might work. Love the chicks. So cute.

Jon said...

I just noticed that I spelled "raccoons" wrong on my comment. I'm not an idiot. Honest.

Lori said...

I have been showing Eler Beth your posts about your chickens. She is charmed by your Buff Orpington, a breed neither she nor I had ever heard of. We found that there are also Blue Orpingtons, although they are rarer, apparently. She now wants some chickens in the back yard. I always enjoyed my Mom keeping chickens. If we lived in the country I would probably keep some, just for the eggs.