If its not one thing it’s another!

We went to the barn the other night to feed and found it “flooded”, or at least that was the word we used. So the barn wasn’t really quite flooded, but the automatic waterer in the quail coop was leaking, soaked the ground and running out into the main part of the barn. Then we had a predator to get a few of our broilers. There was just enough of a hole in the ground for them to squeeze between the bottom rail and the ground. We moved it around and left some distinct scents around it. So far so good. Monday we found a nearly drowned turkey and a chicken in about the same shape. We put them in the quail pool, which we now call the infirmary. The turkey survived – the chicken did not. Last night we left the garage door open by mistake. This morning, there were cats in there and no baby quail. Thank goodness it was only a small hatch. This has all been since Saturday!

Rosanne Rosanna Danna comes to mind a lot lately! For you younger folks, she was one of Gilda Radner’s characters on Saturday Night Live back in the 70’s. One of her tag lines was “if it’s not one thing it’s another – I mean its always something!” I’m thinking she must have been a farmer at some point because truly if it’s not one thing it’s another!


14 responses to “If its not one thing it’s another!

  1. Okay..enough! NO more bad stuff allowed!!!!

  2. That is some bad luck. My dogs keep predators away. I once watched a fox grab one of my chickens and my dog went after it and got the chicken back safe and sound, she’s an awesome dog!

    • The. First thing my husband said is that we need a dog. What kind do you have?

      • This is an issue I was just discussing with Ray Ramey at Avalon Farms this week. He told me one of his 4 roosters is “missing”. I wondered if there is a certain breed that can be trained not to mess with the poultry but to help protect them.

      • One of the other farms I visited the woman was training a Great Pyrenees to guard her goats. I have no idea if they would be good around poultry. I had an Australia Shepard as a pet and just to see we ran her with some sheep..it was amazing to see what instinct did. If you can identify the right breed you might have a good protector for the birds.

      • I think you are right. And if we are successful this year, we will raise more birds and we’ll definitely have to look into it more.

      • We think she’s a chow-Australian Shepherd mix; she was a stray that somebody dumped on our road and we took her in. Not your typical livestock dog, but she’s definitely fit into that role and is worth her weight in gold.

      • I know some folks use Great Perinese (spelling?) for this purpose. They are supposed to be really good livestock protectors.

      • My family and I visited Polyface this spring and we met Michael. He’s their LGD and is such a sweetie. Here’s a link to a post that I did about their broiler operation and Michael. http://midatlanticgardening.com/polyface-farms-broilers/

  3. Head Farm Steward

    Isn’t it amazing how poults can manage to find a teaspoon of water to drown themselves in?

  4. Most everyone around here with small livestock has a Great Pyrenees. A friend of mine who raises dairy goats and chickens has one who actually carried a wounded chicken that was attacked by a coyote back to her. I’ve only heard great things about them as livestock guardians, but you have to get them as pups and let them live with the livestock so they know what they’re protecting.

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