This has been an eventful weekend, and at least some of what got done is what we were aiming to get done. One of our two seedling trays has been started, and I'm really happy about that. The reason I haven't gotten the second one started yet is because I don't have enough things that need started yet! I mean, I could start amaranth inside, and probably will start some in the second tray, but I realized we are basically out of tomato seeds after I failed to properly save tomato seeds last year. Yay for toddler sleep induced haze!
That said, there are other things we got work done on, and things that happened that were a huge surprise.
The big thing that happened is a fox attack. With the turkeys around for some time, we'd been safe since they are a major deterrent to any predator. With the remaining turkey on walkabout, we are down to Boris for protection. Boris though proved his worth, though as you can see Left he isn't doing very well as a result. We lost one hen. Of course, we lost our most beautiful hen with the red laced feathers. That said, we only lost one hen which is something of a surprise with a fox that will usually come back for as many as they can get. We are guessing that the fox hit the hen in the middle of the back yard, and on the way out, Boris hit the fox near the barn while it was carrying the hen off. Boris definitely came out worse for the wear, and we don't know how the fox is doing. I do know when I fist picked up Boris he had blood to the legs coating his spurs. He also didn't have any of his own blood on him.
He is however fairly badly injured, and we don't know just how much so. For one, his left flank under his wing looks like a plucked chicken. The feathers must have been ripped out with force, and he has a couple scratches on him. No bite marks that we can find on him, and a bite would probably have killed him by now. He got hit on Saturday, and the first day we didn't think he'd make it at all. He couldn't stand, or even sit straight, and could barely move to eat and drink. Yesterday Sunday he still couldn't stand or even take a step, and was having tremors in his leg, but was eating and drinking. Through out both of those days there was a hen cuddled up to his side all day which was a surprise to us. Usually birds will avoid an injured member of the flock to not attract predators. Yesterday he was feeling well enough to move around a bit, he's limited to step, step, fall though. We're not sure he'll ever walk normally again, but he's earned the best care we can give him. I hope he pulls through because he's very gentle with us and the kid, and apparently absolutely fearless against the fox!