Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pay Attention

The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you
to enter the house of his wisdom
but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.
~ Kahil Gibran

I am grateful for all the wonderful teachers I have known.

Some have been friends, some were instructors,
but they have made a difference in my life.

I think of teachers as bringing light to clear away the darkness.

This afternoon I heard Morgan barking and yelled at her to "leave it!" I thought she was barking at squirrels. No! My neighbor called and said her daughter had seen a fox nab one of our white chickens and take off with it. Morgan must be so confused or just think I'm a big dummy. The new rule is that when Morgan barks I need to pay attention and go outside and find out what she is barking at.

Now we have two Light Brahmas left. The white chickens are easy to spot and we have now lost two of them to predators. The Wyandottes are the only breed we still have four of, so camouflage is definitely a good thing.

The hens are doing their pre-roosting before going in the coop for the night. I think they are a bit rattled after the fox attack. Tom said he saw them all come running out of the woods. Poor Morgan. She can't be everywhere and me telling her to be quiet didn't help.

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[One egg today]


Lucy said...

Isn't it the truth? We have dogs. We want them to be the watch dogs that they are. And then we yell at them for barking with the home invasion creep is coming into the yard. :(

Spam comments? What's that. I guess I've never had anything like that. But then I have anonymous comments turned off so maybe that helps.

Chicken Boys said...

Poor little thing. We lost a pigeon to an owl the other night, and he injured another. Mike had to euthanize the other because her injury was bad. Her neck was slashed, and as she ate food was just falling out of her neck. I was so angry.

DayPhoto said...

Predators have to live...but they need to go some place else. Or else.


Callie said...

Lucy: How true! We want our dogs to warn us, but then we tell them to be quiet. I worry that neighbors will be annoyed by Morgan barking and she usually barks at squirrels. We don't see a predator very often. The spam comments on my blog have been comments left by people trying to sell things. I turned off the anonymous comments too.

Callie said...

Chicken Boys: Oh dear. I'm sorry that happened. That's sad. It is hard emotionally to deal with sick or wounded animals. I hope everything will be OK now.

Arlene said...

Oh dear that is sad. I can not stand to see any animal suffer.

Callie said...

Day Photo: We expect to lose some chickens since they free range, but it is always a shock.

Callie said...

Arlene: Yes, I agree. If a chickens is attacked, I would rather they were killed outright than mangled and left alive. I just don't want the predators to make stopping here for a meal a habit.

Becky's Barnyard said...

I love the first picture of the sunset through the trees. I am sorry about your chicken. It makes me feel really bad when I lose a chicken.