I have learned the hard way that despite my best intentions, protective measures, and diligence livestock loss on a farm is inevitable. This year our mulberry trees are in full bloom and we have seen a variety of critters showing up for the free treats. Sam had an emergency trip to the vet after he encountered a porcupine in our front yard and then a couple weeks later he took out a badger. Sadly though we lost our beloved Drake Magpie to a raccoon. My assumption is that he was protecting his flock but nothing could prepare me for the brutality of a coon attack. Thankfully it was her last and we were able to trap her and more securely tighten the duck pen to prevent future attacks.
For now the other 4 girls are slowly learning to carry on without The Governor in the lead and we are working on a replacement so we can still
I am a 2nd grade teacher by day and a full time farm wife by evening (and weekends and the summer!).