Hi everyone- thank you so much for the warm welcome. I am so happy to say that I have found some chickens and am picking some up tonite, and maybe some up from closer to home So excited!!!
Mustlovehens- would you be willing to share your recipe for blueberry jam? I have a 7lb box here, and need to do something with them soon.
Now for a creepy(at least to me) question.... I saw a rat the other day (I think I puked in my mouth a little). I am sooooo scared of rodents, and I was wondering what to do about them. We live on a farm and I assumed there were some around someplace, but I have never seen one. My family warned me about getting chickens and that they would bring rats, but I thought I was being so careful. I think one may have tried to burrow under and get in by the chickens I bought some poison today at the hardware store. Yuck!
you live on a dairy farm.. the rats were there before you got chickens.. the rats are only more visible with chickens because the feed is out for everybody to see.. and you will notice , like you have, that the rats will dig..
be careful where you put the poison.. and also, the rats will sometimes die somewhere in the yard while looking for water to drink.. you do not want your dog to eat one of those..
rats are very easy to trap.. either a small sized live trap or a good steel or wooden rat trap..
If you use a live trap, remember, if a rat can fit it's head through a hole, he will be able to fit his whole body through.. so you will want the wires to be about 3/4 inch apart or less..
a good way to kill the trapped rat is to submerge the whole trap under water for a long time..
a half hour minimum.. rats can go a long time under water..