My baby goose and rats! argg (do not read if you have a weak stomach)

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Chickenlover88, Jun 23, 2007.

  1. Chickenlover88

    Chickenlover88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have had a rat problem so I had been keeping my baby geese in a small hardware cloth cage with 1/2 inch spaces at night not only were they in there but this cage was inside another cage suspended about 5 feet off the ground attached to my chain link duck pen, the cage it was inside of was a dog kennel completly covered with chicken wire which houses my chickens. Last night I heard them screaming so I ran out to check on them. I picked up my brown chinese gosling only to find him alive and alert but with his whole bill gone. All that was left was his little tongue, he also had one good leg left and the other was just dangling by a piece of skin. This image will forever be imprinted on my mind. I loved that little goose. He was peeping at me and looking me right in the face begging me to save him but I just couldn't. I held him and cried for about an hour while he slept on my chest and looked me in the eyes he even scooted up so he could rest under my chin. In his eyes I was his mom he followed me everywhere. I finally got up the courage to euthanize him. I'm about to go set some rat traps. This is the most terrible thing I have ever seen in my entire life I just couldn't believe he was alive and otherwise healthy...I'm happy his white chinese brother was unharmed.
    Here is a pic of my little man just earlier that day...He is the little brown chinese gosling.
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    Last edited: Jun 23, 2007
  2. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    My condolences on your loss...Rats are hard to keep out if they want in...I dare to say that pulling bits of birds off is a raccoon MO, not a rat...but I'd keep traps going anyways.
     
  3. Chickenlover88

    Chickenlover88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There is NO WAY that a raccoon could get in there. The only thing that could get in there is a rat...
     
  4. Judymae

    Judymae Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How horrible! I'm so sorry!
     
  5. Chickenlover88

    Chickenlover88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well I set my traps. I will keep disposing of rats and bating them all night if I have to. The other day I saw a rat about the size of a squirrel run out from under my shed so I know thats what it is. :eek:
     
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I'm sorry...I didn't mean to get your feathers in a twist...[​IMG]
    I was just saying it's mostly coons that take piece by piece.
    I didn't know that you had seen the culprit. Hope you squash Templeton flat.[​IMG]
     
  7. Chickenlover88

    Chickenlover88 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh it's fine i was just saying it's impossible for anything but a rat to get in there. and I still don't see how a rat got through there...it's almost dark hopefully soon i'll catch something.
     
  8. Critter Crazy

    Critter Crazy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awwww...I am so sorry!! Poor little guy, but at least he was able to spend his time with a great mom who cared deeply for him. RIP Little goose. [​IMG]
     
  9. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] That is just so heartbreaking. I'm so very very sorry and I hope you give those rats their just rewards. Awful! Just awful!!!!!!

    Ellen
     
  10. hisbride

    hisbride Chillin' With My Peeps

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    aww that is a horrible thing to have happen. He looked so cute! We have a rat situation too and hubby has trapped about 4 but we have never had a rat attack! I'm so sorry for your loss.
     

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