Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Women VS Nature

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These may look like leaves but they are feathers….my chicken’s feathers.  Clara Barton’s to be exact.  I was out in the garage and heard a horrible squawking noise, just outside, so I walked around to see what was wrong, thinking that must be quite a fight between my girls! 


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Clara was always the runt of my girls.  


It was a fight alright but with a very large owl!  She was completely covering my hen, the wing span was at least two and a half feet!  I wasn’t sure what to do but I grabbed both upper wings on the owl, trying to move her off.  I didn’t want to hurt her either!  She was unfazed!  I tapped her on the back with my foot, as I hovered over the top of her.  She was pecking hard at poor Clara!  Just as I did this she did the 180 turn (shades of that movie!) and the most HUGE yellow eyes look directly at me!  Whoa!  Have I gone to far?  Is she coming after me?


Luckily she decided to take off and so did Clara.  I was looking for Clara in my Iris’s but she was really in ‘hide’ mode.  A few minutes later the owl was back in a tree above me and I had to shoo her away.  She did not come back and I could not find any of my girls!  It was sometime before I could convince Clara to return to the coop. 


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Just before dark, Eleanor R. and Bessie Johnson, came into the Chicken Mansion and after hollering for some time, Harriett Tubman finally arrived after dark to join everyone.  Whew!! 


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What a day!  I have been admiring that gorgeous owl, nearly every day for over a year and a half.  She has stayed here and had her young (that was one I found dead in my garage, some time back) and was a super mouser.  But nature prevails…..most of the time.  But not this time!!  I am so glad I was outside. 



  1. Yikes, poor Clara!!! Maybe they need to stay in the confines for a day or two! I still remember hearing Jazi crying and looked out the window to find a raccoon on top of her. She didn't move either as I approached but lucky I had a broom just outside the slider and picked it up yelling like a mad women. Luckily Jazi was fine and I never could trap that nasty raccoon. Mrs. Owl go away!!!!

  2. So glad it turned out well for both of you!! Luv the owls but a little more cover needed for safety. Luv the names of your strong women of history!!

  3. I thinking staying in the hen house or pen for a day or so to make sure the owl has gone on to 'greener pastures'.

    1. She won't go anywhere with the food this place can provide her, I will just have to keep an eye out for her. I understand they don't usually hunt during the not sure what happened this time.

  4. are a brave one to get the owl off your chicken!

  5. Wow, that owl could have really hurt you and your chickies! You're brave! ♥

  6. You go girl!...we will call you the Owl Slayer!...not really, just the Owl Scarer!

  7. I never considered that owls go after chickens! I can picture your story, Wow!

  8. I never considered that owls go after chickens! I can picture your story, Wow!


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