We recently lost the last of our chickens. This is not something new, as farmers we know there will always be predators that attack all parts of a farm.
- Prairie dogs making leg-breaking holes in animal pastures.
- Gophers-from-hell eating the roots of our asparagus.
- Snakes popping up when you least expect them (luckily, I only had a Rattler once -knock on wood!).
- Skunks hiding in the cat barn to sleep with a warm, furry, bundle of cats and eat their food (yes, one of them crawled out from the cat bed box on a frigid winter day and scared the snot out of me. I calmly said: “Good Morning.” Then backed out of the barn rather fast.).
- An opossum choosing to hang out in our barn to avoid bad storms (the little sucker hung around for over a week, and popped up in a variety of places.).
I want to find out what monster is living in my chicken barn, but a big part of me is also afraid. Just my luck, it will lunge at me when I discover it (eeek!!). My sister was so nice and brought up the option that it might be a badger – great?!? Yes, we do have those out here, but we have not seen any on our property since we first bought the farm (2000). We initially had one living on the side of the hill by the pond. We left it alone, and it left us alone. Roughly four years later, it disappeared. We have not noticed any living signs on our property since (would like it to stay that way – mean critters!).
During cold winter times, we purchase the critter foods and put them immediately into containers. Then the empty bags are piled up until spring and then put into the trash. We usually put bags into bags and simply leave them until the weather is warmer for dragging the empties to our trash. Things have been so strange this year, that the bags have piled up. My fear is my monster is hiding in that pile.
I have left the barn door open the last several nights (since the loss of our last chicken) in hopes that whatever got stuck in the barn has now made its way out. Today is the day of discovery. My task, since the winds-from-hell have subsided, is to get in there and pull everything out. We stored large dog kennels, that we used for various reasons, in there. I have peeked into those already and no monsters. I do want to drag them out so I can get back in the corner behind them. Wish me luck that all meanies are gone!
Here’s to spring cleaning – eeek!
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