Everyone likes to eat chicken.
The latest batch of pigs have caught and eaten three or four of them in the past couple of weeks. The pigs aren't usually a problem, but every few years, we get a batch that has a taste for poultry. Pigs are smart, fast and slyly cunning. They can be very nice, friendly animals. They can also be vicious, aggressive, unpredictable and extremely dangerous. This pair definitely fall into the later category. They like to let the chickens come in for regular visits, even let them share their food and then, when a hen is feeling safe and happy, BAM! Chicken dinner is served.
Weasels also like to eat chicken. A mink showed up this week and killed three more chickens. They sneak in like vampires, kill the birds and drink the blood. They leave the rest of the chicken for the ever hungry pigs.
It is never a good idea to get attached to animals who live at the bottom of the food chain, but Farm Buddy loves her chickens anyway.
Losing a bunch of nice laying hens is also a bad financial blow. Which is why we spent most of the weekend rebuilding the chicken coop, covering every inch with hardware-cloth and making plans to get the pigs outside where they will, hopefully, find something more fun to do than fowl murder.
If nothing else, we made enough noise to scare off any self-respecting mink, at least for a little while.