This blog almost was NOT to be.
What are the odds of finding deadly poisonous things repeatedly in broad daylight?
Pretty good at my house I reckon.
When I first built the chicken coop last year,I was quite worried that weasels, raccoons and foxes would dig under the chicken wire and get my girls as they slept.
So I collected rocks from our yard, as big as I could manage, and put them around the base of the fence.
So far it has protected the hens quite well.
For ME....., it has been like a bad dream.
I have shredded my hands. (gloves are for babies)
I have pinched my fingers. (working in the daylight hours is for babies)
AND I have gotten stung by a scorpion. (I screamed like a baby !)
I was so mad, I can't tell you, but I also learned to check EVERY single rock.
Needless to say after the scorpion bite, I picked up NO MORE ROCKS for months.
Well it was lovely today and I thought I would finish around the coop with a few more rocks.
The FIRST one, the VERY FIRST ONE I pick up, there is a 2 inch scorpion waiting..... SERIOUSLY ???? !!!
Thanks goodness this was one was not mean and just scrunched up and tried not to see me.
So says I, surely that is a fluke.
The next rock could not possibly have another scorpion under it !
So I turn it over..... do a visual,...... and CRIMINITLY !..... there is NOT a
scorpion..... but a BLACK WIDOW SPIDER !!!
And she runs at me !!!!!!
I know all you animal lovers will cringe when I tell you that I smashed her with another very small, unscary, insect free rock from close by.
Because a human can only take so much.
And after all, scientists estimate that there are 200 million bugs for every human, so I don't think my ecosystem will collapse from her death.
The problem here my friends, is that quite possibly I don't have enough insect eating yard birds !!! (wink, wink)
No really, I'm good.
All is as it should be................. except under rocks !
Thanks for reading my blog !!!