These are two totally different stories but somewhat related.
Tuesday Vince and I went to town. As we were leaving town and just getting into the country, Vince said “A chicken!” I said “Alive or dead?” He said “A gray chicken . . alive . . on the side of the road”. Of course, you know what I said “Let’s stop and get it!” There are no houses near where the chicken was. It’s fairly close to a busy intersection. In fact, you could see the chicken from the intersection . . if you were looking. I was not so I didn’t see it. He said “I am not stopping and picking up a chicken!”
Thursday I went back to town and there he was . . on the side of the road, still alive but it was a gray rooster. I knew there was no use bringing him home. We have two roosters we need to get rid of. My guess is that someone dumped him and I think that’s so cruel. There’s a little stream not far off the road and if he’s a flying chicken, there are plenty of trees he can get into and there’s a bridge he can probably find a safe spot under for sleeping. It makes me so sad to see animals that people have just dumped because they no longer want. I could be wrong but I’m betting that’s why he’s out there.
Second story . . last night before dark I heard the chickens squawking and went out. There was the biggest owl I have ever seen sitting on the ground under our mesquite tree. I’m sure he had been trying to catch a chicken. They know to run under the chicken coop and that’s a safe spot from most predators. When the owl saw me, he tried to fly but he was so big, he could barely get off the ground. He made it to a fence post down the driveway. I came in and got Vince to get the binoculars and come outside. Vince saw him and then we walked towards him to see how close we could get before he flew. Vince agreed that it was the biggest owl he had ever seen.
There’s no shortage of critters around wanting to eat my chickens. An owl that big would probably grab our cat or dogs too. The good news is . . they’ll get mice and snakes but I think that owl had his eye on a chicken dinner!