We have sad new on Whistling Wind Farm. Kudzu, our favorite hen was eaten by a hawk last week. She was a wonderful girl, she liked to be picked up and cuddled. Every time we went out, she ran over to us and crouched down to be picked up. She will be greatly missed!
We had never seen the hawk until the day he got her and we haven't seen the hawk since. We have heard it in the woods behind our house. The chickens are now spending a lot of their time in or near the run-in. Kudzu was an easy target because she was too big to fit through the fence easily. I assume when the hawk came, everyone made a dash for the run-in, but to get there they had to go through the fence. I guess she was having trouble finding a way through the fence. The sad thing is, there was a hen house 3 feet behind her, but she was trying to get to the run-in on the other side of the fence. We had talked many times about cutting a hole in the fence that she could fit through, but we didn't have the tools to do it so it never happened. I wish now that we had done it.
Our speckled sussex are starting to be friendly, so I hope we will have another friendly chicken someday. Buttercup, our other buff is not friendly.