Did you know these grew on trees? This big old beautiful tree is now blooming chickens, Ameraucana chickens to be exact. What is it that frightened them up the tree? Was it the rooster or the dogs? I am going to guess the puppies. They got out of their pen today when I was NOT home and terrorized the ducks, injuring one very badly. Her wing may have to be amputated because it is broken badly with the bone exposed. At least they did not kill the duck, but she must be in excruciating agony and I am so sorry for her. The ducks will now be penned for the winter to protect them from the dogs. The Ameraucanas and bantams can fly. That is their salvation, but so far, I have not seen the dogs chase the chickens at all, ever. I plan to buy shock collars for them to get their attention and should they so much as look sideways at a bird, they will first get a gentle reminder that they are off limits. With Ofcharka, I beat him with a duck and never again did he kill one. These puppies have been beaten with the dead duck and that did not work. Then a duck was tied to the neck of Mike and that has not worked either. I may separate them with one in the goat pen and one in the sheep pen, but they now are digging out. The whole idea was to keep them as sheep guardians, not as general yard guards. There are already four of those. The Ameraucana tree is a pretty sight, but not a welcome one. Hmmm.
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