A sad update to our broody hen

I returned home from a great mom’s night out in the city a little later than expected last Tuesday night Wednesday morning, and it turned out to be a blessing in disguise. As I was getting ready for bed I heard a sound and woke up Andy – “Andy, wake up, it sounds like something is dying outside.” He ran to the chicken house with his 22 and then called back to me for some shells. A raccoon had made his way into the chicken house and was fighting with our broody bird for the eggs.

Andy was able to shoot it but not before he had eaten all the eggs.

Here is the dead rodent. Good riddance.

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Sadly, although our hen put up a good fight, she died two days later. We will try to start the process again, and make sure we refortify the chicken house!