Saturday, March 17, 2012

No foxes means free range birds live on Churchill Is.

An island with no foxes is a perfect place for free range poultry. Consequently, Churchill Island has strutting peacocks displaying their magnificent tails, turkeys, chickens, ducks and geese -- plenty for pets, pleasure, eggs and roasts.

In the 1800s, Churchill Island was stocked with rabbits, hares, quail, chickens and pheasants -- along with Scottish Highland cattle. Today the island is free of rabbits, hares, quail and pheasants.

When we lived on fox-free King Island, in the 1980s, we had free range chickens and ducks living in and around our garden. At night, our hens perched in an old cypress tree, like Christmas decorations.

To this day, pheasants, turkeys and peacocks live and breed, wild and free, on King Island, having been introduced over 100 years ago.

For the young at heart, guinea pigs with babies and a pretend dragon entertain and amuse visitors to Churchill Island.

On a different subject, one of our friends who lives on a property near Mitchell has had 17 King brown snakes in their garden, this past summer. Not a pleasant thought!!

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