Originally Posted by lazy gardener
Rabbits will eat your Red Kuri. Deer will eat your surprise squash and they'll nibble your Fortex down to little nubs. Deer and rabbits will drop a trail of ticks every where they go. Turkeys are smart enough to out run a dog, and they will certainly leave your dog scratching his head when they take off and land on your roof. The herons will eat all the frogs in your pond. Then you'll have too many mosquitoes. After those herons eat all the frogs, they'll eat your baby chicks. And those migrating water fowl will most assuredly be carrying AI. Good for your dog to chase them away. So, keep your fat ground hogs. They are eating too much chicken feed. Your dog will eat the ground hogs, and everybody will be happy. Of course you could buy a gun, and have some great target practice. That would be in addition to the dog. Be sure you get a useful dog. So far mine is not earning her keep... but she's young yet. I still have hope that she will settle down.
Geez LG, you sure paint a sorrowful picture! I didn't have those problems last year. You better not have jinxed me!!!
Only people ate the squash and beans last year (maybe you sprinkled the seeds with anti varmint dust before you sent them ). I did have to put bird netting around the tomato to keep Echo from helping herself. And the chickens checked out the "going past" cucumbers but I still had plenty of them to save seed for this year. Of course the variety and quantity of veggies out in the garden this year will be WAY more than last year and that might catch the attention of the "predators".
Apparently we have PLENTY of frogs and small fish in the pond. Given how shallow it is, I am always surprised when there are frog eggs, tadpoles and small fish in the spring when it thaws. I was surprised we weren't inundated with mosquitoes the spring after we bought the place but I guess there are enough fish and frogs to eat the larvae. And we have plenty of birds that like to eat flying insects.
And (knock on wood) the @#$% chucks haven't been in the coop raiding the feed this year. Surely I fed more to them and the wild birds than I did to my chickens the last 2 summers. The last couple of years they tunneled under the doors on the north end of the barn alley. Last fall I dug down along the outside and "planted" some large rocks across the door opening area and thus far I've not seen them finding a way in from that direction. But they are determined little creatures and if I can find a properly set up tunnel will use my Havahart trap to move more to the town line (which happens to run along the west side of the property). I moved 3 last year but of course I have no idea if they didn't just follow me back at a discrete distance. I understand they will travel quite a distance and it is illegal to "rehome" them to someone else's property (though I know some who are very deserving of such a "gift"). And as you know DD1 would have a fit if I had a gun and shot one so that won't fly.
Not wanting to be accused of going off topic:
Brooding with Mama Heating Pad RULES!!!!