Another one bites the dust! So what is worse than 1 raccoon? Two. What is worse than 2 raccoons? A family! The one Annmarie killed and the one I dusted this morning were both from this year. They are the size of a large cat. A very mean and nasty cat that hisses and spits at you. So based on my last experience with a raccoon family (I had to kill 2 adults and 6 teenagers) I have a ways to go still. I looked into an automatic door for the run so that the chickens would be let out of the yard automatically at sunrise and locked in automatically at sunset. It will cost $200. I could patch one together for about $60, but it would have exposed parts and subject to more external forces. We are still discussing the need for one, and do realize that any lapse in memory is going to mean more dead chickens.
I had two "fairy" eggs for breakfast. They are the first eggs to come out of chickens. They are typically very small and have no yoke. I added them into my scrambled eggs. This is good news. It means my other 11 chickens are going to start laying soon. The people at my work will be happy about that. I haven't had very many eggs to take to work.