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Wow! I love owls. Seriously. Partly because of Winnie the Pooh’s friend Wol, and partly because they are just so majestic and mysterious.
That small chicken should watch out though, owls are efficient predators and will take anything they can get away with, especially when they have chicks to raise…
We are hoping to impress the Friendly Neighbors, who have a much more impressive bird feeder than we do (as everything they have is much more impressive than we have).
However, at a neighborhood hootenanny party, we learned that this owl is sort of a well known neighborhood character, though as far as I know, we are the only ones who have had it land on our bird feeder.
I am planning to try and perpetrate a scam on the store where we buy bird seed. I will send them a letter: We use only your brand of sunflower oil seeds to attract our birds. At the time we took this picture, your seeds were in our feeder. You may use this picture in your weekly advertisement in exchange for a bag of sunflower seeds…
Almost everyone we know who keeps chickens and other fowl has lost one or more to predators and general spastic behavior. The Friendly Neighbors lost a duck to a hawk and one of their chickens broke a leg. Although they nursed it for about a year, it never recovered.
I have explained to our three chickens that probably one of them (at least) probably won’t survive for the next year, or even until they start laying eggs (which should be in two months). To paraphrase what Mommy said to Random Granddaughter: It’s a tough job being down the food chain but somebody has to do it.
No wonder Moll pecks my finger when I pick her up.
The owl is so beautiful, thank you for sharing a picture! I like owls quite a bit, I would be fascinated to see such a gorgeous one on my back porch. I hope your chickens survive. Are they insured against owls?
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