7/5/11

And she lives to cluck again



If you live off the beaten path and have animals of any kind, predators are simply a part of life. They don't care that your animals have names, or that you raised them from babies... predators have babies of their own to feed and a meal is a meal.

And when you have chickens, this is the last thing you want to see...




Most days I turn my silkies out for a little 20-30 minute "recess" in the afternoon while I sit nearby underneath a shade tree with a book, keeping a watchful eye out for danger.
Friday was different- I had just arrived home from running errands and had a million things to do, so I decided to turn them out for just a few minutes while I unloaded the bags of chicken feed from the back of the car.

Then I heard it.

The awful noise of chickens under attack.... and knowing I wasn't fast enough to run up the hill in time. Smokey, however, is quick like lightning when "his birds" are in trouble, so he ran up the hill and into the woods with me huffing and puffing right behind him. In all the confusion I was trying to sort out if everyone was accounted for- the birds were upset and running for cover- but I knew from the knot in my stomach someone was missing. After doing a head count, I realized it was Pola, one of my splash silkies. Pola is named after the Marilyn Monroe character in "How to Marry a Millionaire" who was always bumping into things because of her terrible eyesight... Pola's feathers completely cover her eyes and she's been known to bump into the door of the coop and walk past the feeder three or four times before she finds it. Apparently, Pola also never saw the danger approaching until it was too late.
I followed the trail of feathers left behind and it looked like she put up a pretty good fight... and a couple of times I thought I heard her still moving around in the thick woods behind the coop, but after almost an hour of searching, Smokey and I turned and sadly walked back down the hill.

Hubby and I had plans for the evening and were gone until almost dark. We pulled up the driveway and something in the headlights caught my attention.... something was moving around the chicken coop.
I could not believe my eyes when we jumped out the car for a better look- it was Pola trying to find a way to get into the coop! She was filthy and very thirsty but seemed to be unharmed, except for a big bald spot where her little fuzzy bottom feathers used to be...*grin*...
Hubby and I both agreed it was Smokey who saved her life- when he ran through the woods it must have scared the predator enough that it dropped her and took off.

Way to go, little buddy. You're our Hero!




That night I started thinking about the conversation that could have been taking place in the chicken coop... the other hens might have noticed Pola's dirty feathers and bald spot and asked,
"what happened to you?"


I could almost imagine Pola telling the others,
"you wouldn't believe what kind of bad hair day this has been...."

Happy Tuesday, everybody!

35 comments:

  1. oh, happy it was a good ending to this story! so often it is not! way to go hero dog!!!

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  2. I just love that Smokey. What a good doggy.

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  3. Aww, Smokey saves the day! A very happy ending:)

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  4. Lucky little Pola!! Every chick needs a super hero!! We have a lot of raccoons around our farm.

    I posted something similar to this on Jan. 5, 2011.

    Enjoyed reading about Pola's escape.

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  5. That was a good ending to what could have been a big tragedy :o) Give that dog a big bone treat :o)

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  6. I was so afraid of the outcome. You go Smokey.

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  7. What a wonderful Tuesday indeed! Love a happy ending! Thanks for sharing! Made my day!

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  8. Smokey is a blessing, for sure!
    Poor Pola! The thoughts that must have been racing through her little bird brain! I an so grateful that her story did not end yesterday!
    Her feathers will grow back, right?
    ★Linda★

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  9. Smokey is the hero of the day.
    I am glad that it turned out so well.
    We have been seeing a coyote on several occassion lately so I keep a real close eye on Maxwell.
    have a nice day.

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  10. Oh i love that little Smokey...He is my Hero too!

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  11. Paula, I am so glad that Pola survived. I cannot even count the number of animals I have lost to predators. Like you say, it is a way of life on the farm. Give Smokie some extra scratches on his ears for me. OK, my friend?

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  12. Paula, I am so glad Pola escaped with most of her fuzzy bottom still in tact. She is one lucky chick! And three cheers for Smokey.

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  13. Aww poor Pola!! Thankful it was a happy ending. Of course, I'm sure Pola's end(ing) doesnt' think so.
    Good Job, Smokey!!!

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  14. So glad pretty Pola's predicament ended well.

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  15. Whatta go Smokey!!!! I wonder what type of predator it was?

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  16. So glad that Pola has lived to tell the story !It is an awful feeling to find the pile of feathers .Smokey deserves and extra treat.Hugs,Jen

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  17. That sounds like a stinkin' coyote job to me. Way to go, Smokey! So glad for a good outcome.
    Deb

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  18. Whew.... glad she's ok :)
    Three cheers for Smokey!!

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  19. Oh paula I knew those feelings as I read your post, and I was so happy to hear she was okay, I too love my chickens and when is hurt it hurts me terribly, I am happy she is good now, and yeah I love that caption under her photo, giggles I can hear her telling it tooo.

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  20. Oh gosh we would have freaked out..
    Benny & Lily

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  21. Wow, I'm so glad she's home safe and sound. Way to go Smokey. I bet you had enough cardio workout that day for two weeks!!

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  22. Bad hair day for sure! Bless Smokeys heart..what a good dog! We just had a skunk in our coop and he killed one of ours..my husband shot him..hate skunks! ;D

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  23. OMGGG!!!!Hahahaaa....Sorry by starting out with a laugh BUT...you shouldn't tell a story SO GOOD!!!Hahaaa....Poor Pola! Bad hair day, indeed!!
    And what a little Hero! That Smokey is a Keeper!!
    Glad she got away!
    hughugs

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  24. So glad this had a happy ending! I guess the moral of the story is to make sure our bangs are kept short so we can see trouble when it's coming???!!!! I would have loved to hear Pola's version of the story.

    Thanks for stopping by today! I so appreciated your comments!

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  25. WAY TO GO SMOKEY! I LOVE HAPPY ENDINGS! HAVE A GOOD REST OF THE WEEK PAULA.

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  26. Oh.My.Goodness! Poor baby. Bless her heart what a day! Smokey to the rescue! Way to go. Hope he got a steak!

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  27. Smokey Saves the Day is a great title - wonder dog works again.

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  28. Hilarious:-)) As always, Paula you have my attention from the beginning of the post right to the very last word... And then I laugh out loud:-)
    My almost favorite part of a person's personality is a sense of humor..
    Perhaps, I should not tell you but my sweet hubby says that I only like looney people... LOL
    And I love you...LOL..
    Just kidding.. about he looney part, I mean...
    Hugs from Atlantic Canada...

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  29. Oh my, no matter if they are farm animals or house pets, these animals become our family. I was holding my breath while reading and it was good to know I am breathe normal now. Thank the lord she is okay and give that Smokey a big kiss from me. You will need to grill up a steak for him as a thank you. What a sweet boy.

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  30. I was holding my breath throughout your post! Dear little Pola and that Smokey! Give them both a pat for me. How nice to get a second chance with only your pride to get hurt.
    Thanks for sharing!

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  31. Hurray for Smokey! A real-life drama with a happy ending!

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  32. Yes that dog deserves a big treat. I know the feeling all to well, having grown up around chickens..Susie

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  33. Poor little Pola; so glad Smokey rescued her! I can only imagine the terror she must have felt being carried off by some varmint.

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  34. Paula, this was a chicken roller-coaster! I thought she was a gonner for sure. Sounds like she's a survivor and probably cunning as well. I can only imagined what she had to do to get back to the coop. And Smokey needs a medal!

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  35. I love stories with a happy ending. I'm so glad Pola is ok and what a handsome hero she had, too!
    Patricia :o)

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