Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Starship Nostromo

My chicken pen has eerily become the ill-fated commercial starship Nostromo. Unwittingly, I am playing the role of Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in the hair raising Alien movie.

Third officer reporting. The other members of the crew, Betsy, Abigail, Myrtle, Greta, and Rocky are dead. Five of us have survived.

The terror of becoming prey has put considerable stress on my crew:

Our "starship" is nestled between two trees. One is an oak tree with branches creeping well into the chicken pen. I originally thought a predator could easily climb in and feast utilizing the low branches:

I ordered all low lying tree limbs cut and wire mesh lined up on top. The person I hired had other ideas however. Having plenty experience with chickens, he theorized that trees actually provide good cover from feathery predators.

Rather than heed my orders, he feverishly worked on boosting starship defenses. All gaps, no matter how small, were repaired and reinforced:

A trap was then set. A raw piece of chicken would serve as bait. How ironic:

If anything is captured overnight, I will let you know. Wish us luck in finding the killer!


Blogger Julius Seizure - Jim to my Peeps said...

Are you saying Rocky's death was. ... MURDER!!!!!

July 28, 2009  
Blogger A Lewis said...

Disgusting, that hanging chicken. And interesting that you're using a dead chicken in order to save the live ones. Those poor little chickens...I hope they don't have anything after them....that wouldn't make me happy in the least.

July 28, 2009  
Blogger Kyle said...

you are going to have to invest in some serious chicken therapy , keep us posted

July 28, 2009  
Blogger RG said...

Whatever it is that's been stalking your chickens, I hope you catch it, and then cut it's head off and stake it outside of the chicken coop as a warning to the other creatures of the night not to approach!

Let's hope it's not one of the vampires from Bon Temps!

July 29, 2009  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like a big gap in the gate area and most predators could squeeze thru that!

July 29, 2009  
Blogger palochi said...

And we know how well all of this turned out for Ripley...

July 29, 2009  
Blogger Mark in DE said...

Sorry to hear about Rocky and the others.

July 30, 2009  
Blogger snessmith said...

We have a farm with a large chicken pen with 128 chickens and 90 ducks and geese and four guineas. Anyway we use duck wire on top of our pen to keep out preditors. We even caught a 6ft chicken snake that had hung himself in the wire while trying to get out of it. It definetly keeps the hawks out. Good Luck and I hope you catch the preditor.

August 05, 2009  

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