Saturday, 11 May 2013

More Waifs & Mr Spock


A brand new feed bin and two brand spanking galvanised feeders, two broody boxes , the promise of two new hen houses and four laying hens. No it's not Christmas early....it's the work of an Urban fox.
This morning the phone went early. It was from a tearful poultry keeper from Prestatyn who I know. Her pet  hens had just been attacked by a town fox. A brazen predator who had trotted around her garden with all of the confidence of a domestic Labrador. The fox killed one prize hen and left the other four shocked and traumatised and the whole sorry experience had upset the owners so much ( the lady's partner was recovering from cardiac surgery btw) that they wanted to relocate the survivors to somewhere "safer"
Now what stuck in my mind, was the fact that only a few days ago, one of my hens had been squished flat on the road by an irrational 4 x 4 driver, another I had effectively battered to death with a tin bowl in a fit of anger and another had been shut out of its coop and lost by the Professor on the only night I was away from Trelawnyd........"safe" was perhaps not the wisest word that could be used to describe the field at this very moment......
Anyhow, I promised the couple that I would take the hens on the proviso that they would always be theirs and that they could have them back at any time but I suspect that the trauma of having a fox ripping the wings off a family  pet was all too much for them, and so four new, shocked and nervous girls and all of their much welcomed equipment and housing have arrived at the cottage.
I locked up the birds with the diminutive Eric and left them all to calm down in his warm coop...... We are off to see the sexy Zachary Quinto in Star Trek!

25 comments:

  1. how does that saying go...one mans misfortune is an others good luck! shhhh..lips sealed about the demise of the late fowl.

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  2. Too bad Zachary Quinto hasn't arrived at the cottage instead (although I think the hens will be safer).

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  3. That fox needs to be relocated....maybe the 4x4 driver with him?

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  4. I looove Zachary Quinto. Do you watch American Horror Story? He is brilliant in that, especially in the second season!

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  5. Given the choice of facing down an urban fox or your with a feed-bowl, I think I would choose the fox. At least the chickies stand a small chance with the fox.

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  6. Jealous. Star Trek is on me and my wife's must-see list.

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  7. I can't keep up, your blogging production is almost as good as your gels!

    No wonder you get so many comments... what with all the sex, murder and destruction, it's like feecking Peyton Place in your neck of the woods.

    Don't mind me I'm only jealous!

    LLX

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  8. Oh, what a big heart you have.

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  9. Oh that is so sad! I bet the chickens were frightened. Hope they stay safe at your place.

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  10. I love your chicken tales but confess it was the lovely Zachary that caught my eye this time ; ))

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  11. John, I would trust you take care of my Scottie, and I never let anyone do that! :-)
    But I'm getting chicks this week to keep for a couple of days--They are coming via the mail and I have to keep them alive until I can get them to their owner. Now that is trust, because I've never had chicks/chickens before--I hope I'm up to that task...

    Enjoy your day and your movie!!!

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  12. Can't make up my mind whether to see the Star Trek. I've seen all the feature films to date, but only because felt I ought. Found very nearly all of them tiresome. Never been a great fan of the TV progs - don't think I've sat through an entire one. So this film all depends on your verdict, J.G. For once YOU can do the recommending - though I hold in mind the fact that you're wearing Quinto-tinted specs, which I don't own to the same extent as you do (as well as your 3D specs or are you seeing it in 'flat'?). So, do please give us an indication on your after-viewing thoughts, even if you don't do a special blog on it.

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  13. Bloody foxes. People either feed them, or leave their half-eaten 99p McFoxs littered on the ground. This sort of attack is now commonplace. But your gain I suppose.

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  14. Poor hens. But you battered a chicken to death in a fit of anger? I don't think you fit the "gay man stereotype." You're supposed to be out shopping for adorable clothes, not beating hens.

    Love,
    Janie

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  15. It's so good of you to be prepared to benefit from the misfortunes of others. An old fellow died recently down our street, would you like some of his clothes? ...Oh and before I forget - according to Colonel Sanders, you shouldn't batter hens WITH a tin bowl but IN one!

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  16. Being a chicken is a risky business. Too many things want to eat you. In that respect, they are safer with you. As long as they mind their manners...

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  17. He is one of the greatest bit of prequel casting I've ever seen. I can't wait to see it....looking forward to your opinion on the subject....

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  18. You are the modern day version of the Dr. Barnado's home for fur and feather.
    Your heart is huge...
    ~Jo

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  19. Wait, the Prof lost one of your hens? I missed that installment.

    They say bad things come in threes. So, methinks you're good to go with these hens. And at least these arrived with wonderful baggage likw their own housing. I'm sure Eric will do a fine job keeping the gals safe. Do they have names?

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  20. if you build it, they will come...you built it and come they do! life happens...and the menagerie meanders on unabated :D read the review of the Kirk/Spock movie, I only go to movies now, on the odd occasion, with the family...don't think this is one the family will be seeing...if it ever comes to Netflix or Hulu I might give it a whirl!

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  21. You have a good heart, John.

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  22. Good to hear that new supplies come with the 'waifs' this time.
    Happy Sunday, John!

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  23. God, those men are cute.

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  24. How did I miss the battering with a tin episode? And the hen locked out? The new hens will soon settle I'm sure...especially once they hear all the gossip!!

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