This is so sad we almost didn’t tell you.
Of the ten chicks that Nancy hatched last week, only one is still alive. We’ve been forced to take drastic measures.
The first week is the hardest for new chicks. They’re especially vulnerable to predation, disease, the elements… you name it.
So you know to expect some losses. Coyotes, foxes and raptors – there’s a whole list of predators around a farm that’d be pleased to munch on a chick.
But to lose so many from one brood is highly unusual. We’ve never encountered these kind of losses before at the Rogue Farms Hopyard. Our suspicions are focused on the skunk who raided the place early in the month killing one of our hens and a tom turkey.
As for countermeasures, we’re taking the serious step of building a chicken and turkey coop. Construction began a few days ago.
We’ll give the chicks and turkeys as much freedom to roam as we dare during daylight hours. But when the coop is done we’ll be putting them to bed at night inside their new home, safe and sound.
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