Take that Raccoons! In your ugly faces Opossums! Stay out of the house Mouse!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by WannaBeHillBilly, Jul 17, 2019.

  1. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

    Sep 2, 2018
    Big Chimney, WV
    My Coop
    Hah! No more ripped duck-food bags anymore! No more mice-nests in the straw! No more 'possum poop in the cracked corn!

    Tadaaa! - Today i finished to build the metal shack on my work-platform.

    Durable steel-panels with ¼" hardware cloth under the floor, so nothing can come in and steal the Duckie's food supply. - During the last three months i have lost two 10 lbs bags to racoons, opossums and mice. What those critters didn't ate, they spoiled by pooping into!

    Assembling the shed out of a gazillion pre-formed and pre-drilled parts was a real challenge for somebody born with two left hands like me! It took me five days from start to finish and i only had to tear down half of the building after discovering that i had misplaced two panels. And i still have all seven fingers…;)

    But that wasn't my fault: After the first afternoon of building i left the instruction manual outside and just pulled a tarp over the workbench. The next day i discovered that a mouse had shredded the first three pages with the parts list and the overall layout:
    That mouse sat in the middle of all the shredded pieces of paper and just looked at me when i removed the tarp. »Blanca! Come here i have a mouse-treat for you! Good duck, come here…« Flick! That mouse flew through the air onto the grass and boy, Blanca Duck is fast when it comes to protein! - Damn Mouse!

    The inside of the shed is large enough to store my gardening tools, the straw and the hay for the winter and a good amount of duck food:

    And the doors open wide enough for the wheelbarrow to drive through.

    And no, the HillBilly has neither won in the lottery, nor have large quantities of precious metals been found in the Appalachian mountains. - We bought that shed-kit years ago, while living in Houston but the HoA would not allow us to erect it because it is 10'x8' and only 8'x8' sheds are allowed there. - Stupid HoA!
  2. shawluvsbirds

    shawluvsbirds "FAKE EILLEEN"

    Apr 17, 2017
    That looks great! :thumbsup
    And I love the thread title :lau
  3. Tortilla

    Tortilla In the Brooder

    Jul 14, 2019
    Wow, nice work
  4. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

    Sep 2, 2018
    Big Chimney, WV
    My Coop
    There was a time when i thought Raccoons look cute and Opossums look, um - ugly?
  5. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

    Sep 2, 2018
    Big Chimney, WV
    My Coop
    Thank you very much!
  6. katiebrock

    katiebrock Songster

    Apr 7, 2019
    Milledgeville, Georgia
    Looks great! That mouse was obviously trying to keep you from taking its food away
  7. CCUK

    CCUK Free Flying

    Jan 21, 2018
    North Notts, UK
    My Coop
    Great job! Just remember to keep the door closed or they'll come in and hide from you! You could also put a couple of snap traps up to deal with mice. I have a couple I leave set up all the time. I just replace the haribo once in a while if nothing takes it!
  8. Callender Girl

    Callender Girl Crowing

    Sep 18, 2018
    North Central Iowa
    It is a thing of beauty, and I am envious -- both of your creation and your ability to retain fingers while constructing it. I would love to have hay storage where I don't have to wonder what's in the shed besides hay; I have been greeted by all of your aforementioned guests -- raccoons, opossums and mice.

    Congrats also on defeating the sabotaging mouse and on Blanca's predatory prowess! I have never seen any of my ducks go after a mouse. Probably too much work for my spoiled babies who like their food handed to them.
  9. ChemicalchiCkns

    ChemicalchiCkns Songster

    Oct 27, 2012
    Take that, Houston.
  10. Loopeend

    Loopeend Songster

    Jun 12, 2018
    The Netherlands
    That mouse clearly knew what you were upto..and doing some good ol sabotage..

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