This is a view off the front of my porch. Straight up the steps is my chicken coop...not that far from the house.
I was cleaning out the coop, the other night after the incident with the guinea hen (see something fowl in the garden post) and the chickens were milling around the coop. I walked down to the house to talk to my husband and when he went up to shut the chickens in the coop, my prized silky rooster was missing.
His name was Sun, and he was white with very fluffy feathers. I was hoping that he would turn up the next day like the guinea hen did, but this time I wasn't so lucky. Sun was gone.
So the next evening i decided to stay out with the chickens to try and see what took Sun. Once you have a predator, they will return for the next evenings meal. I knew it wasn't a weasel, because weasels will kill numerous chickens. This predator carried Sun off.
So as I sit in my chair, this is what I discovered. look in the tree branches. This coon was walking across the branches, then jumped on the roof of the coop. Then he eyed up my chickens. I shooed him off, but he came right back. (pics a little fuzzy)
Now I know who took my little Sun. and this critter is going to go...I won't discuss how, because it's illegal to shoot them and also illegal to catch them in a box trap and release them elsewhere.
Then today, I set a skillet in the sink to wash it. I went over to the stove to turn on some tea water and came back to the sink and picked up the skillet and this is what was on the side of my skillet.
Seriously folks, the winter was mild here in PA and the spiders are very large...to large for me... I about fainted... I am usually not to scared of things, but this was a little to close for comfort..and when they bite you it really hurts.
So towards this evening, I went out to guard my chickens as they went to roost in their coop, and this is what meandered out of the woods and came within a foot of me... Now I was petrified....I softly called for my husband, whom was resting about 6 feet from me and he turned and looked up into the tree thinking I was calling for him to scare away the coon again. But once he realized what i was calling him for, his eyes got a little big...I was frozen to the chair... the last thing I need is to get quilled by a porcupine! They are fearless...and the bugger wasn't moving...I thought about grabbing the hose that was lying on the ground, but the porcupine was between me and the hose. My brave husband actually took a hoe that he had and held it up to the porcupines back and stepped between me and that critter....now that's a hero! hahahaha! I flew from the chair....and then snapped a few pics once I was a safe distance away!...and my husband shooed off that nasty boy. But we had to bring the dog in, because they will go right over to him and quill him....he's been to the vet twice now because of the porcupines.
This is way to much excitement for me....
And then top it off, my sister sent me this pic of what that bear did to her garbage can. he spread the garbage all over and smeared his dirty paws all over her kitchen door.
Dear God, please let me rest tonight in PEACE! hahahahah!