Last night a coyote apparently almost caught Zelda, our Mama turkey who has a family of seven poults (baby turkeys) and is also sitting on eleven new eggs.
A friend upstairs (Coyote Sue) saw the coyote. She and Giselle chased him making noise and he bolted through the arroyo and over the fence.
We found large canine prints, tufts of fur on branches, feathers everywhere and eggs knocked out of the nest. Zelda and her teenagers were rattled, BUT no one was injured! They did however, go up to to their high-tree perches early tonight.
Dan ended up (with the kids' help) transferring her eggs into the nest Amelie made from straw up on the chicken coop roof!
Dan didn't leave Zelda till after dark when she finally settled on her new nest!
Hopefully mama and eggs will all be safe up there!