Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Another snake!

Some mornings it just doesn't pay to get out of the bed. Here it is 9:30 a.m. and I have already had to bury my little Olive. That's right. Sweet Pea's mama. 

I had put Eli in the goat's lot to play when I heard a loud chirping sound. The cry a chick makes when it's lost from it's mother. I thought maybe Sweet Pea had gotten out of the pen so I went to check. There was little Olive lying on the ground dead. Probably another snake. I don't understand why the snake didn't eat Sweet Pea. I feel like crying. Popeye seems to be caring for Sweet Pea and I'm keeping a close watch for that snake to come back! 

Looks like Popeye is saying...

"Boy, I'll do the best I can"...



"Okay"...




"You sure mama's not over here?"


I need to correct something from my snake story yesterday. Poppy said, Mel, that was not a "big" snake that had the duck. Actually, it was a small snake, to be fighting with a large duck. All snakes seem big to me! We have had snakes kill our hens before. A snake will smother a chicken by putting it's mouth over the chicken's head. I don't understand why because a snake can't swallow something as big as a chicken. Not a rat snake anyway.

Thank you for listening again. Like they say around here..."if it ain't one thing, it's another!" Hope to be back soon...

Love,
Henny


7 comments:

  1. Oh I am so sorry that you lost sweet Olive. Keeping chickens is a hard deal. I know when I was little and daddy had chicken with biddies there was always something trying to kill them. I hope that nothing else gets any thing else.

    Love you

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  2. That is just so sad about little Olive! You have been so good to your animals, and those nasty snakes are making it tough right now. I hope Sweet Pea is going to be safe with the bigger chickens to help out. This story reminds me of Bambi, and I would never let my Mom read the sad part once I understood what happened to his mother. But it all worked out in the end, and the stag was a hero. Bless you.

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  3. Oh I hate snakes...nothing better than a dead one. Poor Olive...maybe it is time for Eli to do guard duty:)

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  4. Horrible! Poor chickie, I hope the others take him in and watch over him. Chickens have a tough life. Everything wants to eat them.

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  5. I'm rapidly going off snakes.
    Jane x

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  6. I'm so sorry. Those snakes are hungry and brave.

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  7. I read today's post before this one. We've had rats, but they just get in and eat the feed, have never killed a chicken. Glad to read about Popeye taking over though!

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