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Missing and Presumed Dead

I spent Monday and Tuesday night out of town and arrived home just before sundown on Wednesday. Thursday morning when I did a head count, I found that I had two fewer chickens than I did on Monday morning.

Lest it sound like I intend to lay blame at anyone's feet but my own, I will say that I had intended to buy chicken feed before I left so that Lara could feed the chooks in the enclosed chicken run and keep them confined and relatively safe while I was gone. I forgot to do so, passing the farm store several times in my comings and goings in the days before I left town without stopping. As a result, Lara had to let them out to forage. Watching after our two boys demands her full attention, so I could not reasonably expect her to look after Logan, Callum, AND 26 chickens.

In any event, we now have 24 chickens.

I ordered 25 chickens with the idea that we'd loose 10 to grasping child hands in the early days. We lost zero, so I'm still way ahead in terms of bringing the desired number of laying hens into egg production, but the chickens mean more to me than egg output or garden bed construction.

And I ran over a squirrle on my way into town today. :(

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saint_monkey
Oct. 27th, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
When I was a kid I used to raise chickens for 4-H and sell them at the county fair.

We used to lose about a chick a month, to the other chickens! They have "pecking parties" where they will peck at a blemish that they see on another chicken. Enough chickens in a pecking party, and they will kill the poor chicken that they are picking on, and if it is a chick, well, they just end up tearingthe poor things apart.

When we encountered the first chick like this, we thought a fox was getting into the coop, but then our neighbor told us about the parties, and how you have to separate any chick that seems unhealthy from the others until they are well.
kmo
Oct. 27th, 2006 07:30 pm (UTC)
pecking parties
I've heard of that sort of thing, though fortunately I've never had that happen with chickens that I've kept.

My chickens are now 7 weeks old, and we didn't find bodies or feathers. They're just MIA.

I appreciated your comments on the singularity podcast. The idea of the Singularity fascinates me obviously, but please don't mistake me for a True Believer. I haven't responded to your messages of skepticism partly out of time pressure, but also because I don't like to nor do I intend to play the role of conversion specialist. In this, as in most things (libertarian political philosophy for example) I steer by the motto, "Feed only the hungry."

Thank you again for paying attention and for providing feedback. I do remember spending many hours on C-Realm comic strips that garnered no feedback at all, even though the hit-counter assured me that folks were accessing the pages. Many days, yours was the only voice echoing off the semiotic walls back to me.

Stay well.

-Kevin
saint_monkey
Nov. 1st, 2006 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: pecking parties
My chickens are now 7 weeks old, and we didn't find bodies or feathers. They're just MIA.

You are right then, it probably isn't the other chickens, if it was, you'd find a mess of bloody feathers.

I haven't responded to your messages of skepticism partly out of time pressure, but also because I don't like to nor do I intend to play the role of conversion specialist.

And I'm not entirely a skeptic, I'm just uncertain about aspects of the theory. Probably just ignorance on my part. I'll take a closer look at the topic, and see where it leads me.

Thank you again for paying attention and for providing feedback.

Eh. Easy enough! (Just try and stop me.) Thank you for being interesting and open minded.

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