Shooting the rats is a good idea!! Gets rid of them quick and they don't lay around rotting if you can't find them after you have poisoned them with bait
We had some new decking out down and when the old came up there were dead ones underneath, not a pleasant smell when they got disturbed. The other half has shot quite a few out in the garden last year. But because the gun is loud we decided on bait after that. Got some proper bait boxes for it though so the chicken, dogs and cats could not get into it. For now the problem seems to be under control. Although the other night just before bed I let the dogs out amd they were going mad sniffing about. Got the torch and there was a rat in the chicken run!! It had got in but could not get out. Opened the door and let the dog in and one nip on the Bach of it and the dog had got it
She was very pleased with herself, she's old too and has a dicky ticker so all the excitement was a bit much for her!! But never the less a good kill for her.
Glad to hear everyone is getting their birds licked up early. Always better to be safe rather than sorry.@rebrascora
What fabulous pics of Rascal and Me Me and you of course!!
They look great and have very kind faces. Ah the dreaded hat hair
I too often have this, in fact I'm not sure what hair done is!! Clean and brushed only when I get out of the shower then it's off to bed so just as messy when I get up again.
That's very true about it being much better them staying in longer rather than being dead. Those foxes are out at all hours, I've heard them here early morning when it's braking daylight. Hope they stay away from you
I use the Verm-X on my birds and I've not seen any worms in the poop. I'm as possessed with worms as i am with mites!! Lord knows what the neighbours think with me rooting through run and coop. Probably think I'm crazy with my antics. I believe it works. I use DE a lot too in the coop and some in the feed.
My egg production has droped also. Out of 10 layers I'm getting about 2 eggs per day right now. Always one from either the warren or Amber. I've got a pullet that has just started laying too. 3 eggs so far from her. She is a frizzle polish x Amber and is quite a character to boot. Was super excited when i found her first egg, you would think I had never seen an egg before!! Still got pullets for sale, just can't seem to get shut of them. Most birds are moulting now so looking ver scruffy right now and I have enough feathers to stuff a duvet. One of my WCB hens looks very sorry for herself. No tail feathers left at all and bald patches all over. Some of the others though just look like they have thinned out no actual bald patches so not as bad.
Got through Harrys dental work ok, had the vet do it as our regular dentist is a million miles away and costs a fortune to just come out for one. The vet reckoned he could not see the dodgy tooth the dentist said he had last time. He did have a very large step at the back that food was building up in. So my thought is that the last time the dentist came he couldn't be bothered to spend the time hand rasping the big step so wanted to do it with electric rasp but couldn't because they need sedating for that and the dentist can't sedate. The vet did it by hand and he didn't need to sedate so that has saved me a bit of money. All done and he is eating better. Legs still puffy on a morning though with being stabled, not sure what to do next for that really. Got his front end clipped out so looking better but he is one greasy beast!! The more I brush the more there is. I might just bite the bullet and take it all off and give him a good bath!! His winter coat is just horrible, always been the same at this time of year. I hate winter coats!!
I'm going to be good now and clean my tack. Brought it home to do it in the warm. I've been naughty though and not done it in ages!!
Fingers crossed on those pullets and laying.
See you later Barbara