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

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    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.
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    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!

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

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

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    Wow, nice work
     
  4. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

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    There was a time when i thought Raccoons look cute and Opossums look, um - ugly?
     
  5. WannaBeHillBilly

    WannaBeHillBilly Crossing the Road

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    Thank you very much!
     
  6. katiebrock

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    Looks great! That mouse was obviously trying to keep you from taking its food away
     
  7. CCUK

    CCUK Free Flying

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    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

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    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

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    Take that, Houston.
     
  10. Loopeend

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    That mouse clearly knew what you were upto..and doing some good ol sabotage..
     

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