Wednesday walks – wild life

Is that a real chicken?

I headed out on one of my usual walks yesterday, surprised and delighted that it wasn’t raining. I like this route because much of it is off the main road so I don’t need to dodge cars. When I got to the place I would normally turn right, there was a big, loud dog who did not seem happy to see me. I had never seen a dog in that driveway and I didn’t feel like taking a chance that there was an electric fence. (I got chased by a dog one time and do not want to repeat that experience). No problem, I would just turn around and go back the way I had come. About half a mile from home, I heard a lot of chicken activity. They were loud! I walk this path a lot and don’t recall hearing chickens in this yard but sure enough, up on the fence, I saw a chicken. It was sitting very still but making quite a racket. I snapped a picture and then looked into the yard to see if there was a chicken coop. Well yes, there was a rather large, fenced off area for chickens but more surprising was the other creature I saw running across the yard. A small coyote with a chicken in his jaws. He paused for a minute (did he see me?) and then took off down the road. The same road I was walking! I quickly snapped a picture of him heading off to his feast. Imagine, if I hadn’t seen the barking dog, I would have missed this reminder that we share this space with all sorts of wild life.

Someone is eating well today

Published by Juliann

Recently retired and ready for adventure

15 thoughts on “Wednesday walks – wild life

  1. I live in the country and on our walk yesterday with little Frodo we saw up ahead a woman with two dogs BOTH not leashed. We turned around and went in the opposite direction so as to avoid a scenario. I’m not so much afraid of Frodo getting hurt but Frodo getting in a snit over the loose dogs. Yes we have a leash law but many do not follow it at all.

  2. I know every animal has to eat, but that poor chicken. My daughters chickens last year got wiped out by coyotes and they left a horrific scene in the back yard.

  3. Goodness, that’s quite a variety of wildlife in a short time span! There’s a house not too far from us that we pass when we’re walking up to our local shopping/business district that has a chicken coop, and we’ve grown accustomed to the chickens in the yard, but we got really surprised recently when we walked by and the chickens were sitting in a bush about four feet off the ground, outside their yard! Thankfully I don’t think we have any coyotes in our neighborhood.

  4. We have coyotes in our neighborhood — we can hear them, but don’t usually see them. (They’re pretty stealthy.) What a feast for that coyote! (I love your Wednesday Walks. Thanks for sharing!) XO

  5. I know the coyote has to eat but I feel very sad for the chicken – and the owner :(. Having been chased by a large dog when I was small, I am none to keen on loud barking dogs either – I’d have done the same as you. What a lot you got to experience in a short period of time, with lovely photos to boot. You were quick off the mark with your camera for the last shot!

  6. Oh, that poor chicken. Circle of life and all, though. We hear coyotes frequently but I haven’t actually seen one in ages. This is a good reminder to be mindful of the wildlife all around us.

  7. oh my! that’s a little more excitement than I’d be up for on a walk, but I did enjoy traveling along. I wonder if the chicken house is going to be a bit more fortified the next time you see it?!

  8. What excitement for a pleasant walk. Sadly, that chicken was doomed from day one. I note that raising chickens is getting quite popular these days…I’m not sure whether they are allowed here in Washington DC; guess I’ll look that up.

  9. I love this story! I especially appreciate your wisdom about the fact that you would have missed this without the barking dog. It reminds me so much a story that we read earlier this week from our Kindness book (Kindness: A Treasury of Buddhist Wisdom for Children and Parents) called “the horse who ran away.” Here’s a version of it that I just found from a google search:,day%20his%20horse%20ran%20away.&text=The%20following%20day%2C%20his%20son,they%20called%20his%20%E2%80%9Cmisfortune.%E2%80%9D

    I’m very familiar with the racket that chickens make when danger is near. We often say, the chickens are on alert! There’s always a fox or some other predator lurking about near here. We sometimes hear coyotes but I don’t think they’ve ever made it into our coops, luckily. I’m glad the coyote was running AWAY from you and not towards you!

    1. Katie, that is one of my all-time favorite books. We’ve been reading it for eons now, and I regularly reference the stories and takeaways from it. The Mustard Seed…

  10. Oh, that’s a tough one for me. We loved our chickens, the oldest until she was 13… I know the whole life cycle thing. But. I’d make a terrible farmer. Or veterinarian. (Sure did spice up your walk, though.)

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