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post #1381 of 1580 Old 09-07-2017, 10:46 AM
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I think those came through! The one with the dog in it I was right there and keeping an eye on Jesse. I don't let the dogs out there unless I'm there.
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Miss Lana looks to be recovering quite well!!
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post #1384 of 1580 Old 09-08-2017, 07:17 PM
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Thank you AnitaAnne. I have not let her outside at all since the squirrel epicode. She's stronger, but still not strong enough to defend herself. But she's eating and drinking like she should so now I'll just wait.
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Wow- what kind of killer squirrels do you have?! Poor girl. Sounds like she just needs some more quiet healing time.

I'm a little worried about the judgement of my new babies- they've been free ranging a lot more, but they seem to go TOWARDS small furry things rather than running away from them. For example, my cat has been hanging around and they all mob him to check him out. We have a couple of rabbits who "graze" near the run (do rabbits graze?), and same thing, they just swarm around them. I worry that if they encounter a fox or raccoon, their curiosity is not going to serve them well.
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I apparently have squirrels preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse!

I wouldn't have thought the little ones would crowd around a potential threat either. Perhaps they're a little too comfortable.
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Wow- what kind of killer squirrels do you have?! Poor girl. Sounds like she just needs some more quiet healing time.

I'm a little worried about the judgement of my new babies- they've been free ranging a lot more, but they seem to go TOWARDS small furry things rather than running away from them. For example, my cat has been hanging around and they all mob him to check him out. We have a couple of rabbits who "graze" near the run (do rabbits graze?), and same thing, they just swarm around them. I worry that if they encounter a fox or raccoon, their curiosity is not going to serve them well.
Survival of the fittest. They aren't smart enough to know what a threat is yet. Do they have any adults who are teaching them?
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I was letting my chickens free range for a while. DH was a bit disconcerted that they roosted on his jeep, but that was not the final straw for putting them up. Our neighbor's dog came into the yard and was nosing around at the hens. The rooster attacked the dog (a chow) and the chow killed him. The neighbor keeps his dog at home now. He offered to pay for the bird. (Let's see, I think I paid $2.75 for him.) I declined the offer. You can't pay for a pet.
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post #1389 of 1580 Old 09-09-2017, 02:23 PM
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Survival of the fittest. They aren't smart enough to know what a threat is yet. Do they have any adults who are teaching them?
Yeah, I have 3 five year old hens left. I think they see free range time as a break from the babies- they go one direction and the babies go the other!

Babies do pay attention when the older ones are trilling about a hawk flying over. That's probably our biggest predator threat around here. *knock on wood I'm not inviting all the foxes over* Our house is up on a hill surrounded by a couple of cleared acres, and woods beyond that so I think the woods sustain most of what moves through our area.

Here is a standoff with a little baby bunny who's hanging around:




Neither of the young ones seem particularly worried about the other.
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Adorable picture @egrogan don't believe either one of those need to worry about hurting each other. Chickens curiosity can get them in trouble though

They will run or fly away if a real threat comes.
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