OWLS CHICKENS AND DUCKS OH MY

My daughter has become quite the urban farmer (along with the help of Tessa of course), and like any farmer dealing with the livestock is a continuing concern.

Trixie has not been particularly happy about being cooped up so much recently, but with the continuing presence of a pair of owls her safety and the safety of her chicks is a big priority.

This owl was staring my daughter in the face right outside her back door one day. 


Cary and Tessa were not too happy about the threat it posed to the chicks, but in no time at all the owl swooped down, plucked up a mouse, and flew up over the fence. It definitely moved up a notch in their good graces, but unfortunately for Trixie she and the chicks are still mostly confined to quarters.

She was outside for a bit, keeping a watchful eye on the three older chicks, while I was there one day, and it seems that she has rewarded the family by starting to lay eggs again. 


The baby chicks aren't the only ones who are growing up. I can't believe how much the ducks have grown. It probably won't be long before they start laying eggs as well, and they are now bigger than the owl so I think they are safe.


Kyle, my son-in-law, has been working hard on a new home for the ducks, which will keep them safe from predators. No more duck dinners for the fox that comes sneaking around at night.


I didn't get to see Tessa last week because she was over swimming with her other grandparents, but I dropped her off  some taquitos from Trader Joe's on Wednesday morning and I am going over for a visit this afternoon.

Sorry I didn't respond to comments last week, but my phone bit the dust and my computer was apparently having sympathy pains. I have a new phone now and the computer seems to have come out of its stupor. I'll share more about the phone next time.

Have a great weekend.



  1. That owl is amazing. If only it would stick to eating mice. The duck chateau looks like it is going to be wonderful. Lot's of work to keep the chicks and ducks all safe. Have a great weekend glad you got yourself a new phone. Hugs. Kris

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  2. Good Morning Laura, Yea for Trixie laying eggs again...what a balance to keep her safe from predators but able to feel free. The new duck enclosure will be great! We're in a small town on Cape Cod and often see foxes, coyotes, deer here in our neighborhood and husband is a birder so we have a different perspective on the wildlife since we don't keep chickens or ducks. Happy weekend to you.

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  3. Wow, I'd love to get a photo of an owl! I'd love to have them come live in my yard and I've looked into getting owl houses. They take care of all kinds of bad things like mice, natural exterminators. But no, not around baby chicks.
    Brenda

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  4. Oh Laura, I wish there was a way to get those owls out of there. I feel bad for poor Trixie.

    Owls creep me out, I think it's the whole head thing and the noise they make.


    The ducks have gotten big.

    Cindy

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  5. Laura, Such a beautiful owl photo. Good he caught a mouse but he knows the chickens and ducks are there too. My daughter has lost chicken to hawks. Wishing you a fun time at your daughter. Blessings to all, xoxo, Susie

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  6. Oh wow...that owl was close! Glad it stayed away from the chickens...

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