Monday, October 4, 2010

Surprise in the Chicken Coop

A few days ago I was checking over the chicken tractor in anticipation of our next batch of broilers and what a surprise was waiting for me.

The Black Widow is such a pretty spider, but not one to get close up and personal with.  I finally got around to smashing it this weekend so I could start using the feed hopper again.  Luckily she hadn't reproduced yet, which I could tell by the presence of the male close by.  Part of the mating ritual of Black Widows often involves the female eating the male for extra nutrition.

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