Wednesday, June 15, 2011

goodbye blackberry




it happened in the middle of the night.  or the wee hours of morning.  depending on how you look at it.  i heard a strange noise, like scraping metal.  after wandering the house a bit, peering out windows, checking on kids, i was stumped.

back to bed.  then it hit me.  metal.  the right side of the house.  the chicken coop!  i scrambled for a flashlight.  by the time i made it to the kitchen window to see, sans flashlight, blackberry was clucking something terrible.  and then i saw it.  the largest raccoon i have ever seen.  and he got her.  i checked this morning.  all i see are feathers.

she's gone.

she was my favorite.

11 comments:

The Farmers said...

So sorry.

johnny b said...

Gonna miss that broody broad.

cally said...

Oh, so sad!!

Jana said...

Oh that's icky...I'm sorry!

Michelle J said...

Darn it. :(

We're having to fend off a lot of raccoons and foxes lately too. We lost out girl Strawberry to a fox a few months ago. :(

johnny b said...

Big props to Tyler Cox and Jason Kramer for under house chicken removal!

theknoxes said...

Sounds like you need to cook up a pot of raccoon stew.

6512 and growing said...

So sorry to hear about the coon damage.
I too grow a homestead on .16 acres of land. Cheers to packing a lot of life in a small space!

Corin said...

Oooooh heartache!! I am so so sorry :(

I had a cat get a baby bird I had taken in just the day before. I cried for two days. This must be sooo much worste.

Hugs to you.

Rosie_Kate said...

Oh, how awful! I'm so sorry!

Coons are just so wretched and horrid...

City Sister said...

So sorry about the chicken...we had a similar issue recently and it's hard to see something you raised and cared for go...