‘Round Here Today…So Far

The roofer from SA dropped by this morning to measure for the estimate. Contrary to what the other roofer said, he was surprised that we were asking for a metal roof estimate. His estimate for a shingle roof was  just over 16K, and metal roof was more than double that…big ouch.

I have not yet heard from our original roofer yet…

I noticed a car parked on our property in the ditch out front today. Don’t know what to make of it, but I figure I’ll give it 24 hours before calling the Sheriff. In this drought, a catalytic converter can get hot enough to start a grass fire. I was thinking maybe squatters have moved into the abandoned mobile home across the street. Yeah, we have our share of white trash around here too.

The chicken carnage was placed in a trash bag when we gathered up the bodies, and they are really getting ripe. As it turned out, the kid gave the surviving two chickens to a co worker. She sent her son to pick them up, and he is the guy that picks up the trash…Even though the trash people instructions were “no dead animals”, he indicated as long as it was double bagged, it wouldn’t be a problem for him. So one more day in the hot sun.

I’ll be running the wife to the big city tomorrow for some tests, during which time I’ll be gathering up supplies for the upcoming Great Gate Adventure..

BIL called me the other night to put his two cents in defending their getting a reverse mortgage…an hour of my life wasted. The wife and SIL talk every day, so no doubt the wife told SIL about the roofing situation, and the Gate Adventure…so naturally BIL figgers I want his advice. He’s one of those guys that take 10 minutes to hang up as so many more things pop into his head…He dropped hints at coming down to “help” too…they got the cabin fever…now they got their money, and they want to spread the cheer…

Somehow, I gotta get past those two…

The forecast says thunderstorms this afternoon…greatgreatgreatgreat…now with the hole in the roof and leaking into the eave, how much more will it take before it just collapses altogether?

We could sure use the rain though…

6 thoughts on “‘Round Here Today…So Far

  1. What did the crap in the coop look like, X? I’m serious. You can pretty much tell from what the crap looks like, what got to your birds. If it looks like dog crap but has plant material in it like berries, it’s a coyote for sure. I recently lost several hens and a rooster to coyotes that dug under the base of the “hospital coop” and got in. I had to lift the coop off the ground with the tractor, lay out goat fence on the ground so it stuck out around two feet from all sides, and then drop the coop back onto it.

    Were the chickens torn up or were their necks ripped out? Raccoons and possum will eat the crop of the chickens and leave the rest to rot. They’ll actually reach through the fence to grab the birds by the neck!

    Did the predator dig in or break through the chicken wire?

    • Several birds had their heads ripped off, and some legs here and there too.
      We are thinking coon, and are unsure how it got in. The kid thinks the coon opened a window…are they that smart?
      Several panels of the soffit are rotted at the bottom, leaving some gaps, but not large enough for a coon to get through, but who knows for sure?
      We do not have coyotes here…too many donkeys around.

      • Yup; coons will do that. So will possum. They’ll actually reach through openings in the coop and grab a chicken if it’s near enough and rip off what they can get. Raccoons can get in and out of ANYTHING they can fit through, and I wouldn’t put it past one to be able to open a window. Best thing to do is to set the coop up so it can be closed up tight at night. The run can have “leaks” as long as the coop is tight. I even have my door set up to slide down to close, as opposed to closing like a side-hung door. This way if a coyote gets into the run at night and tries to open the door, he’s just pushing it further shut instead of being able to claw it off its hinges.

        It’s always dry in summer here in the West. We expect that as things dry up in the outback, the coyotes, bobcats, and even the occasional mountain lion will follow their prey as it moves into the peopled areas in search of green stuff to eat. You said you were having a drought over there, so you might want to keep an eye on that kind of behavior. Hunger is a strong motivator and rule breaker, and chickens… well… even chickens will eat chickens…

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