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Buried Posting

Somewhere in the slew of entries about xmas and photos, I posted a quick note on the girls. (They gave me a chicken calendar for xmas. I feel as if I should pin it up in their coop, there are so many risque photos of roosters in it.)

She flies out. Here I am, walking the perimeter like an idiot, looking for a break in the fencing. No break exists. She flies. She gets up on the edge of the fence and then hops down. Doesn't fly right over. No, she takes a break balancing on the edge. This explains why it's the same chicken every time. And why it was happening with increasing frequency.

Sunday morning she was out 10 minutes after they were released from the coop into the run. J put her back. And we watched from the window of Olympos Mons. And while I was reading aloud how (very) long chickens live and lay (15 years potentially), J saw her flap her way up and perch on the fence. So, always the same girl, twist tie or no twist tie. We always knew they could fly that fence given sufficient motivation (fox, lawn mower, string trimmer). But it hadn't appeared one was flying by choice. And since Walkabout never cared whether she remained with the flock, it makes sense this is still Walkabout. A lone chicken taking a stroll.

A lone chicken too stupid to get back in the way she got out.

And by this morning, she was visiting the house itself. Fox-wise, predator-wise, I would rather she came towards the house than walked off where something could grab her. But J became disturbed that she was wandering further and further away into new territory. He couldn't even find her at one point...she was on the path to the woodpile between the trees and bushes. He heard her clucking to herself.

Here's to another mystery solved. My, what will it be next?

Frog Out



( 3 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 25th, 2006 06:23 pm (UTC)
Clip her wings?
It might work. Or it might make her fox bait.
Dec. 26th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
Re: Clip her wings?
People do. But it seems so, well, unsporting, you know? This is god against bird. And yes, I think it would ultimately be more dangerous to clip her wings, make her easier prey.

We could also get higher fencing for the temporary run. Or continue to encourage her to fly back in. Yesterday, she was on a post and hopped down into the run, not out. We could also give up and simply let them roam several hours a day.

It could also rain more. She was finally so wet yesterday that she weighed too much for takeoff.

Frog Out
Dec. 26th, 2006 06:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Clip her wings?
I once wrote an article about how to keep Canada geese out of lakefront yards. The secret: invisible fences. That is, fences made of a few strands of fine fishing line. The geese can't see it and they get so confused and frustrated they go to greener pastures, so to speak. So you just need to rig a few lines so she can't make it to the post anymore and wait until she gives up and gets a new hobby.

What could be more divine than to demonstrate your omnipotence by creating an invisible obstacle? The Great and Powerful Goddess of Oz has spoken!
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