Last night I again came home in the dark to another duck stuck in the netting. As I got closer and shown the spot light, I heard it. The unmistakable, 'who who' of the owl, it had killed a chicken. The duck must have given it more of a fight and both the dying duck and the owl were stuck in the netting.
After a quick trip to the house, a few moments later I made sure that owl took its last bird. This was the first time I had seen or even heard an owl up close. While they are very good looking birds, I cant have this owl taking out my birds every night.
Predators are all around the farm waiting to strike at any time, this seems more true during the winter months as food becomes scarce. In this cause I only lost a few birds and I got lucky to be in the right place at the right time and was able to eliminate the predator.
The attack shows me that this owl was going to keep coming back night after night to take bird after bird until it was caught or killed all of my birds. Life and death are both constants on the farm. While you don't ever want to lose any of your animals to predators it will happen. Going forward we will take a deeper look into how we can all protect our animals on the farm.
This time I got lucky to catch this owl in the act. How have you fought back against predators? We would love to hear about your predator issues and way you fixed the problem. As always email us or leave a message in the comments.