The chicks weren't expected until Friday, but when Frank returned from the feed store and casually mentioned that all the chicks were in, Maddrey immediately got them both back in the car and off to the store they went. Less than half an hour later, they returned with 10 baby Silver Lace Wyandotte chicks. A quick, temporary setup with a box, shavings, and a desk lamp will keep them cozy for a day or two. Meanwhile, they make for good entertainment. chick video
When Frank came up to the farm to begin replacing the roof, he also brought a truck and trailer-load of tools, fencing, equipment... and a lone chicken. This little hen decided that Frank was not leaving without her and she managed to get into the trailer without anyone noticing. Until Frank made an additional stop to pick up a wood-burning stove and discovered her. She had settled in nicely but Frank was concerned that she wasn't safe in the trailer and brought her up to the front seat of the truck for the remainder of the ten-hour drive. Once they were both at the farm, he managed to create a little area for her to be safe during the day - we had no fencing up anywhere and live on a street that gets more traffic that she is accustomed to. But for the night, she needed her coop. Always one to be creative, Frank found her a nice cozy home - in the kitchen cabinet. She was delighted and slept tight until morning, when she was released into her little private yard.
Another gorgeous snowy day as Frank went out to feed. There before him was a huge barred owl feeding on one of our sweet chickens. Frank sneaked up on him, threw his coat over and quickly captured him for a proper introduction. After a brief visit inside where he could pose for photos (no autographs, please) and get a stern talking-to about eating chickens that don't belong to you, the owl was released back into the wild. We are hopeful that he'll decide wildlife is easier pickings since it doesn't involve being captured.