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post #81 of 88

peanut balls worked for me, just took too long. but until I find something that doesnt kill what eats it the second go around-- i'm stuck.

Own- 5 heritage white Leghorn pullets, 6 Rhode island red pullets, and 2 crest cream legbar cockerels,1 Buckeye hen, 1- Rhode Island Red hen, 3 Astralorpe hens, 9 super blue egg hens, 2 hybrid astralorpe/SBEL natural hatch - and 1 rooster SBEL, 1 Golden Retriever, 1 Welsh Pembroke Corgi,1 boxer- Granddog and Jay-Jay the donkey, pasture protector. Wife to the chief coop builder for 27+ years.

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Own- 5 heritage white Leghorn pullets, 6 Rhode island red pullets, and 2 crest cream legbar cockerels,1 Buckeye hen, 1- Rhode Island Red hen, 3 Astralorpe hens, 9 super blue egg hens, 2 hybrid astralorpe/SBEL natural hatch - and 1 rooster SBEL, 1 Golden Retriever, 1 Welsh Pembroke Corgi,1 boxer- Granddog and Jay-Jay the donkey, pasture protector. Wife to the chief coop builder for 27+ years.

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post #82 of 88
I've been using the PoP mixed with rice & instant potato flakes for the last 2 nights. They've taken the bait & emptied the water dish. Haven't seen any dead ones but I'm going to keep doing it until I do.
lives with a very tolerant husband of 26 years, 2 kids in college, 3 fluffy Pomeranians, 1 sassy gray Tabby cat, 1 Maine Coon cat, Shirley--a white bantam Cochin hen; Blueberry--the Sizzle; Chipmunk, Argyle, Arundel & Goldina--the EE's; Estelle--a White Leghorn; Frik & Frak--the BR's; Vern--a PR; Matilda, Benedicta & Babs--the BA's; 3 Unamed BA/LO X's & Ragnar Lorpbrock, the Lavendar Orpington...
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lives with a very tolerant husband of 26 years, 2 kids in college, 3 fluffy Pomeranians, 1 sassy gray Tabby cat, 1 Maine Coon cat, Shirley--a white bantam Cochin hen; Blueberry--the Sizzle; Chipmunk, Argyle, Arundel & Goldina--the EE's; Estelle--a White Leghorn; Frik & Frak--the BR's; Vern--a PR; Matilda, Benedicta & Babs--the BA's; 3 Unamed BA/LO X's & Ragnar Lorpbrock, the Lavendar Orpington...
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post #83 of 88
I didn't just fill the holes. My husband wired over the holes with hardware cloth. The peanut balls were slow, but combined with nightly removing their feed almost never see a mouse. This weekend while we are winterizing, he's adding hardware cloth over the 1x2 welded fencing we are currently using. My hope is that will finish off them getting into the coop. Fingers crossed!
Edited by amenfarm - 9/23/15 at 7:41pm

Own- 5 heritage white Leghorn pullets, 6 Rhode island red pullets, and 2 crest cream legbar cockerels,1 Buckeye hen, 1- Rhode Island Red hen, 3 Astralorpe hens, 9 super blue egg hens, 2 hybrid astralorpe/SBEL natural hatch - and 1 rooster SBEL, 1 Golden Retriever, 1 Welsh Pembroke Corgi,1 boxer- Granddog and Jay-Jay the donkey, pasture protector. Wife to the chief coop builder for 27+ years.

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Own- 5 heritage white Leghorn pullets, 6 Rhode island red pullets, and 2 crest cream legbar cockerels,1 Buckeye hen, 1- Rhode Island Red hen, 3 Astralorpe hens, 9 super blue egg hens, 2 hybrid astralorpe/SBEL natural hatch - and 1 rooster SBEL, 1 Golden Retriever, 1 Welsh Pembroke Corgi,1 boxer- Granddog and Jay-Jay the donkey, pasture protector. Wife to the chief coop builder for 27+ years.

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post #84 of 88

What size are you making the balls?  Pea size? Olive size? Coconut size?  (just kidding on the last one).  I assume they have to be small enough to take away and consume easily but large enough that one is enough?   

post #85 of 88

Make them the size of a marble.

Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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Heat the nesting boxes to stop eggs from freezing.

Forever Water Heater one that lasts.

Unfrozen Nipple Watering for those cold days.

Removing dust the easy way.

Quick and Easy 5 Gallon Waterer.

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post #86 of 88
I'm gonna try this tonight. We are overrun! Thanks for the idea! I hope it works!
post #87 of 88

Sorry, posted in wrong place.:he


Edited by dindonuffin - 5/30/16 at 8:17am
post #88 of 88
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Originally Posted by lisahaschickens View Post
 

Ground squirrels don't live on the East Coast... this is why jjthink doesn't understand.  Ground Squirrels are a special treat just for the west coast, california in particular (I am from the Bay Area and only recently moved).

jjthink -

ground squirrels are horrible, overpopulated rodents that live in holes in the ground and DEVASTATE gardens and orchards and have zillions of babies and carry many diseases.  They are particularly known for carrying the black plague... yes, like the one from Europe in medieval times.  They are nasty critters and can transmit diseases to other animals and people and are truly devastating to yards and gardens, etc.  They are a huge pest.  I battled with them constantly when I was there.  And they're not cute - more like fat rats with slightly fuzzy tails.  Nasty buggers.

Tree squirrels are fine, and I actually like rats when they aren't causing me problems... but ground squirrels?  Blech.


If you do run out of ground squirrels, come to Alabama, we have them here by the truck loads-----pesky little boogers!!!

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