- and ten chickens are missing, presumed dead. We have found a few bodies, but it probably hid some for later retrieval. It happened in broad daylight at about 5 o'clock this afternoon.
Can't blame an animal for following its instincts, but if we have a sighting of it, we will shoot. Sorry, but it doesn't understand restraint, how could it, and it will be back for more.
The cock is wandering around on the Ups and Downs and won't come home. Luckily, the mother hens with young chicks are all right in their small runs, but the mother with half-grown ones was killed, with three of the youngsters and there is only one left.
Sad as it is, it's part of having free-range chickens in the country, and it's one of those things. The Sage is just relieved that none of his particular pets have gone this time, but the next-door field that doesn't belong to us has not been cut for hay yet and it's ideal cover for a fox.