This is yet another one of the books I picked up at Barnes and Noble. No, Barnes and Noble is paying me anything for writing that I love their store. It is one of those places that our whole family loves to visit. Really, I don’t just visit. I don’t believe there has ever been a time that I went into the store, and came out empty handed. I am digressing…
#1 question…What can happen in one second?
Well, as I sat at Starbucks and opened the book, my husband texted me. “Honey, you will never guess what happened.” What? I texted to him, He then told me the story, first, I will have to give you a little background. We purchased 20 Ginny Hens. We raised them in the chicken coop. We gave them water twice a day, and gave them food, and even gave them dried grub worms. Once they were old enough, I let them out of their house. They started following around the only large Ginny Hen we had left from our first attempt at raising Ginny Hens. Once it started to get dark we went out to lock up the Ginny Hens. All the other chickens (95) were already in their respective homes. The Ginny Hens walk around in a group, so we were trying to gently herd them into the house. We got some of them into the house, but five would not go into the house.
I was trying to get one back up the hill, and just as it was walking back to the house an owl swoops down and snatches the Ginny Hen right in front of me. I could feel the air from the wings of the owl. I yelled to the rest of the family “Uhhh, We just lost a Ginny, an owl just picked it up and took it to the tree.” The other four were together, but it was 11 by then, and we never saw where they took off to that evening.
The next day, we decided to wait until we could move the chicken coop a little closer to all of the other chicken coops. We have a little neighborhood we call “Rockridge” (our old neighborhood in Oakland, CA). So, we moved the chicken coop, and my husband built a little fence around the chicken coop. He even added slats at the bottom of coop. We let them out again, and they flew over the fence that was just built. Boo! I felt so bad for my husband since he worked so hard on the darn thing.
The same evening the kids had a dance to attend. I took them to the dance, and my husband was in charge of all the animals. He went out to check the chickens, locked everyone in their coops. Just as he was getting close to the Ginny house he saw something strange in the little fence. It was an owl ripping one of the Ginny Hens. He was trying to gather them all into the house, and all the sudden the owl ripped the face off another Ginny. He pulled the Ginny to safety, and put it in the house. It flew out of the house before he could shut the door. Now, we had eleven more escape.
So, my answer to #1….An owl can do a lot of damage in one second.