Although we've been hopeful that the chicken killers are no longer with us, we have been shutting the doors to the coop in the evenings. On Saturday, we noticed that although the chickens were safe, one of our Pekin (duck) hens was missing from our little flock. The ducks don't have a pen to be shut into at night, so I was starting to worry about how to keep them safe as well. On a happy note, she was safe and sound and sitting in a little nest I hadn't noticed in the front yard of the house. Pekins aren't known for going broody and she gave up sitting on the 5 eggs in a few hours, but after the rancid stink bombs I cleaned out of the Cochin's box, I'm ok with just using the incubator!
We've been trying to proctect the henhouse from any further attacks, so this weekend we put a trap by the door just in case there was still a problem. We awoke Sunday morning to a horrid smell wafting through the open windows. SKUNK. Yep, we caught a skunk and he was not happy about it. Even after getting rid of the actual animal, the scent lingers. Not much we could do after the spray but close all the windows in the house, light scented soy candles, and I guess I won't be hanging laundry outside for a few days!
If you'd like to learn a bit more about the farm and see some picture of the critters, please check out our new website at www.pleasantvalleyfarm.weebly.com. It lists what's currently for sale (with prices), FAQs, and I'm working on descriptions of the animals as well as their pictures. Be sure to sign the guestbook too!