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Date:7/26/2014 8:14:23 AM
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New photos: HOSS, Handsome Henry and Kit Kat!
Had to update the photo of HOSS as he's no longer such a little puppy! Oh, but he is SO rotten! New game is "get the bunny" - wether or not there IS a bunny... So he goes bounding off into the woods behind the barn -suddenly DEAF to anything I say!!! Comes back 20-30 minutes later all muddy-pawed and SMILIN'; ready to go back into the main yard and into his kennel... We do this twice a day as I go out to the barn to get some hay for the goats and mules!

Oh, and he's not IN his kennel ALL the time... at night the goats go into THEIR kennel and Hoss has free-range of the goat yard which is bigger than most "back yards" in Norfolk. Also, he's out with me in the mornings while I feed all the critters and water the garden. He just CANNOT be out while the chickens are out or the game becomes "get the chicken" which is NOT good!!!

Visuallize that smilin' face with feathers stuck all over it... NOT a pretty sight, but he's so PROUD of himself for catching that chicken!!! Luckily he hasn't actually hurt any of them... just scared them AND ME! Their heads can pop off rather easily, so I keep him well away from them.

The rooster, Handsome Henry, has actually done more REAL damage to my pretty girls! His spurs and/or tallons are tearing them up. I made a little "chicken saddle" to experiment with, and need to make a few more. I've also read that getting a few more hens might help, too.

Kit Kat lives with the chickens in relative harmony. He even shares half the coop with them. They are all big enough that he doesn't pose a real threat, but I DO worry about having him around chicks! Thus far he's killed two male Cardinals, a baby cottontail and a juvenile squirrel. His presence didn't keep away the five foot gopher snake that came into the coop to steal eggs and got caught after eating the fake on! Grrrrr!!!
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