Thursday, January 28, 2010

My mother-in-law has been plagued by a scratching noise in her fireplace lately. The farmer and his brothers mucked around looking up the fireplace flu with flashlights, searching high and low for a bird, bat or something. After finding nothing and accusing their mom of hearing things the farmer came home and his brothers left as well. Not ten minutes after arriving home the phone rang. My mother in law told the farmer that yes the noise was still there and now some little beady eyes were looking through the glass at her. So off we go back to town.

The farmer began his search yet again. Finally he sees a little brown furry ball hiding under the bottom plate of the fireplace box which of course is bolted down. There is only about an inch between the plate and the bottom of the box and he managed to stay under there as far back as possible.

He tried everything to try to scare the little stubborn creature out to no avail. Apparently he fell down the chimney and the flu was open and the rest is history. So what to do! We didn't have a live trap and it was too late to buy one that evening. So the next best thing.

A noose rope. The farmer dropped a rope down the chimney and secured it on top and bottom and we closed up the fireplace with the hope that he would climb out on his own.

Little sneaky devil. Apparently the rope worked because he is no longer in the fireplace much to my mother in law's relief and mine. Mine? Well because the farmer threatened to light a fire and roast some squirrel......Gah!
Now back at the farm........

See this cute little girl....the black one? Awww! How could it happen?

How could she grow up to this so quickly? Seems like just a few days ago that she was that tiny fluff ball doing nothing but eating and pooping.

Now look what she and her sisters are leaving us? The girls are laying again! Spring must not be far away.


Kristi Flanagan said...

Awe - Dave (I mean "Farmer") the great white hunter!!!!

That baby chick was so cute - and the girls are laying - yay, spring must be coming soon!

Love you,


Gayle said...

Totally cute story about the squirrel. I so miss my chickens (neighbors dog....). Can't wait to order a new batch of chicks this Spring (not until at least April). Looking forward to eggs again someday.

CeeCee said...

Wow, good thing the squirrel didn't get loose in the house, 'cuz then the chase would be on! Great idea about the rope. I would never have thought of that.

Ah, peeps! I have 4 news peeps myself. Love the fluffy little balls of cuteness. I can't wait until they start laying 'real' eggs like yours.

noble pig said...

OMG this reminds me when I was little, my Mom's friend could hear a faint muffled noise in her was really muffled for a day or so...but first she couldn't figure out where it was coming from. This was an older home in Los Angeles...well, some stupid criminal climbed in through the top and got stuck in there..his plan was to rob the house. It was crazy, I remember being a kid and watching them yank him out...we were mesmorized.

Linda Reeder said...

I would never have thought of the rope in the chimney!
Chicks are so cute but they get ugly way too fast. However the eggs are wonderful.

Twisted Fencepost said...

Great idea! Glad he took the bait and climbed to safety. Shame on the farmer for wanting to have roasted squirrel!
And yes, spring is on its way. Just yesterday I seen a honeybee. But I'll bet he's back in hiding now. We are waiting to see if we'll get that snow they're predicting.

Flea said...

Roast squirrel would probably reek, but it would be good riddance. Destructive little critters. I wish it well, though.

And omigoodness! What are you doing, letting your babies grow up into lovely young women? Er, hens?

Jill said...

Dad the mighty hunter!!! How is it possible that this kind of thing always happens to you guys?! And don't worry about your lady chickens, I'm sure Dad will recruit a new batch of chickees pretty soon! ;o) he he!

Rooster Shamblin said... hi would you please spend a few minutes of your time and read my blog. I have been raising more than 50 breeds of chickens for 40 years.

Putz said...

oh oh oh, egg, we had a big steller jay fly down our chimney just zat the end of the summer, i feed birds a lot and of course the jay couldn't get out, full of smoke cinders, soot i reached up and grabbed him and flew out of my hands getting soot all through the living room, let him outside and bambo went down the chimmey agin

Mare said...

That was great fun to read! I couldn't wait to see what the outcome would be. Love the pics of the 'ladies'[hens!]!