We called the game warden and he is aware of the problem.... In case you don't know the problem is bigger then you think. It isn't really about the chickens it has taken at all. You see, a male Eagle stands about 3 ft tall with a wing span of over 6 ft. The female is even larger and both have very sharp talons that can rip through flesh. That means they are large enough to kill a newborn calf. So what does that mean to me?
Well, Newborn calves can weight in from 60-80 lbs on average. So if you stop to think "what does a sheep or goat weigh in at?" you will see that an Eagle can take a full grown sheep or goat from our herd/flock because we raise fiber animals that are smaller then the meat animals. I guess at this point you are catching on. So how do we solve this problem? Well, we don't! We will keep the chickens put up tomorrow but the Game warden said that until it takes real livestock Nothing can be done. So what am I going to do? I am going to keep watch and keep all our guns loaded with blanks. Why? you ask? Because if we can fire blanks in the air anytime the Eagle comes around soon he will learn that the food here is protected and he will go hunt some place else. Animals never hunt where there is known danger to themselves. It will be alot of work on my part but at what cost will it take for the Government to step in? I am not willing to pay the price and we did get the approval of the warden to put our plan in action.
The other thing that was interesting that happened today has to do with my Dad. First you need to know that Mom made him watch Katie's podcast. It was kind of funny because Dad didn't really want to pay attention until he heard my name. Then he thought it was so funny that Katie Smelled everything. He did agree with her that Sheep do smell so sheepie. The only thing is that around here ranchers call sheep and goats Range Maggots. So his exact words were "she right those Range Maggots Stink" When he got done watching he looked at me and said that he thought that by Katies reaction to my products that the "Range Maggots products are a good thing" I think that translates to "You done good young man" in Grumpy man talk. LOL
Please remember I love my Dad and as I get older I have grown to learn he is who he is... And he is a grumpy old man! That also don't mean he doesn't love me. It just means he says it in funny ways like he did tonight.
Now to end this post I want to answer a question that I am getting from our new readers. (Howdy to everyone, hope you are enjoying yourselves) Most that have followed me already know but I will explain it again here. Our products are available in two forms and two seasons. First we have shares. They are only available in early months of the year and are for the spring shearing only. They can be found on the web page tab labeled General Store. In the fall, I keep all the harvest and process it into our inventory. I then sell that harvest at a booth in the Fiber Fest in July. (We are looking into having a booth at Wool Fest but we will see how that goes) If there is anything left over from that booth then we sell it on the web page. Most of the time it sells out pretty fast because our shares and products are limited. As our herd/flock grows we will have more and more available. For right now we are in the process of selling Spring shares if anyone is interested. Just go to the General Stor