Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Paris, TN
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I live inside the city limits but the county line is in my back yard. There is a 200 acre tract of woods and swamp behind me. I have seen everything back there. I actually had a hawk tear into the screening around my chicken house and kill nearly all of them. Pigeons I mean, chickens now. Anyway I shot the bird with a shotgun and there was not enough left to identify that it was a hawk. Course it is not legal to kill brds of prey, but they don't have any business in my yard. I worried about Rosie until she matured. I really don't think that a hawk could carry her off, but could kill her with it's talons. I pretty much keep watch while she is outside. So far the coyotes have not gotten over my fence which is 6 feet. Coons and other varmits come up at night so one of us goes with her after dark. We have to keep the chickens shut up at night also for this reason. Back when I have my protection dog I would let him out to run in the woods every day. Once he brought back a coyote that he had killed--just to show me that he was doing his job. Lord I miss that dog. My recommendation is to watch your baby every time it goes outside. I like to sit out with Rosie in the afternoon and let her run and play, but on cold days, I watch her from the kitchen window.