Brooding On

Something Is Eating My Chickens!

Something is eating my chickens, and it's making me cranky!


Two days in a row, I found fresh piles of feathers at egg-gathering time.  From my reading, these types of feather piles are indicative of hawk attack.  I contacted the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission to see what my options are for dealing with these predators and received the following response:

"Hi Ashley, your only option is to remove the food source from sight or access of the hawks.  The hawks will move on when they cannot find food.  Hawks are federally protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act."

Remove the food source?  Ummmm.  The food source is MY CHICKENS.  Remove my chickens? . . . . From my egg production operation?  

Am I missing something here?  

All I could do was laugh!  Does anyone have a suggestion that is maybe just a tad bit more feasible than removing chickens from an egg production operation?

In the meantime, I'm cranky.  Something's eating my chickens and there doesn't seem to be much I can do about it.

I'm thinking of trying to get some new phraseology to take on.  Instead of "what's in your crawl?"  or something of the like, I may start asking, "What's eating your chickens?" as a way of asking why someone is cranky.  What do you think?  Could I get it to catch on?  ;)