We have been watching a hornets’ nest developing this summer in a crab apple tree at the front of our house. When I first noticed it, it was about the size of a baseball. Now, it is about the size of a soccer ball.
Probably not a good idea to have a hornets’ nest so close to the front entrance of our house, but I choose to be an organic vegetable farmer; what do I know about good ideas? ...
Thursday, two of the wild, carport chickens showed back up at the house; hiking over 200 yards across cattle pasture and woods to get back here from the new chicken wagon.
Friday evening around 8, I was getting in my truck to go to the barn to pack stuff up and get ready for the farmers market on Saturday and I see one of those chickens in the crab apple tree right next to the hornets’ nest. Her wings are flapping and she is dancing on the limb.
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She then flies out of the tree and hits the ground running with a stream of hornets on her tail, and she’s running directly towards my truck... I am rolling up my windows as fast as I can.
I am only guessing but I think she thought the nest was another chicken in the tree and she was going to roost next to it. The nest does look like a very, very large barred rock sorta, from a distance, through chicken eyes...
Last I saw of her, she was over at the barn, looking somewhat shell-shocked, heading down the lane between the pastures, trying to figure out how to get back to that nice chicken wagon.
Dean Mullis writes from Laughing Owl Farm in Richfield.