Wednesday, June 4, 2008


The morning after I got all of my beautiful transplants put into pots, I found this tidy destruction of my beloved Black Hungarian Peppers. Mercifully, the tiny crowns remain, so perhaps the peppers will regenerate. I sure hope so.
This little Buff Brahma Banty hen is one of the innocent-looking culprits. Calmly and sweetly the hens peck about the yard. And of course I never catch them at any mischief. I am considering buying some poultry net from Premier. I don't want to spend that much money...but I'm tired of finding my garden and harvest ruined. Maybe I could just put the fence around the garden? Now there's an idea. The chickens could remain free range then. They really do eat so many insects. We hardly have any wood ticks in the yard. And that's saying something for where we live. They used to be thick before we got chickens. Well, I will have to think this through...preferably before the tomatoes ripen!
Speaking of naughtiness, take a look at Lyneth and Nhu. They have it figured out that when I am moving the electronet, it is not energized. None of the other sheep do this. But these two have it down pat. I chalk it up to them being twins. Having raised my own identical twin boys, I know that more often than not, a youngster will look to his/her twin for guidance, validation, and approval. Parents are waaaayyyy down on the list of persons to consult on matters of interest. Consult the twin. If the twin thinks it's a good idea, then it's a good idea. All the single lambs follow their dams' lead and stay ever so slightly away from the fence. Nhu and Lynny must have consulted each other and determined that it's much more fun eating the grass on the other side of the fence. I know Anna Belle has too much respect for the fence to have shown them that trick.


Kim Nikolai said...

Hi Sabrina,
I have some naughty lambs like this too! Only mine figured out I had neglected to connect a portion of my electronet so I had one whole side that wasn't hot. It took me awhile to figure out, I ended up with a new fencer in the process as well since the one we had wasn't strong enough for the 8 sections I've got up for them. It's very scary for me since I lost one in the net a couple of years ago.

Becky Utecht said...

Yes, that photo is very scary! Have you ever snared your foot in the electronet while moving it? That stuff has no give whatsoever. I had a ewe lamb get scared and run into the electronet while I was moving it last year. She got seriously entangled within seconds. Fortunately I was right there and got her out, but the more she struggled the harder it was to free her.
Oh those chickens! They can sure be pests for the garden - at least until things get bigger. What a beautiful little hen though!

Sabrina Wille Erickson said...

That is the only thing I don't like about electronet-the tangle problem.