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You did not just ruin my pickles?!?!

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by patman75, Jul 23, 2011.

  1. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    I made a batch of sunpickles last night and put them out in the sun for a few days.

    This morning I noticed the plastic wrap was removed from the jar. Hmmm maybe the rubber band broke. [​IMG]

    As I walked up to I noticed dill was coming out of the jar and then a pickle on the ground. The pickle had a bite mark in it and what ever took a bite just left it and was probably like [​IMG] . Then I noticed a piece of garlic half eaten on the ground as if something took three bites and went [​IMG] .

    I can't believe a raccoon tried to eat my pickles. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] And now they are ruined. [​IMG]

    Then I let the chickens out of thier tractor into the chicken pasture and there is raccoon prints on all the doors and on top of the tractor. All chickens are safe. [​IMG]

    I was going to try not to set any traps this year and let the raccoon move on. But they messed with my pickles, it on now.

  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Do not, I repeat DO NOT mess with the pickles! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
  3. WingingIt

    WingingIt Songster

    Apr 16, 2009
    Off to look up sun pickles. I'm with you, do NOT mess with my pickles!
  4. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    Quote:Sun pickels are very easy to make.

    12 cups of water
    2 cups of vinegar (i use white)
    1 cup of salt

    Boil and then let cool.

    Pack a large jar full of pickles, dill and garlic to your liking.

    Once water has cooled fill up the jar.

    Put plastic wrap over the jar and hold down with rubber band. DO NOT CAP it off, you need to let the gasses escape.

    Put in the sun for 2-3 days until pickles turn yellowish. Put in the frig and enjoy.

    I'm still upset. I could almost taste them and now I have to wait a week. [​IMG]
  5. Mattemma

    Mattemma Crowing

    Aug 12, 2009
    What a funny post! Sorry you lost the pickles,but glad the chickens are OK. I doubt anything would last the night outside in my yard. I am amazed I still have currants,grapes,and veggies!
  6. mikensara

    mikensara Chirping

    Jun 16, 2011
    New York
    pickle juice as a racoon deterent i think your on to something now [​IMG]
  7. Kudzu

    Kudzu Songster

    Mar 27, 2011
    Well I hate you lost your pickles, but I gained a recipe that I will try, thanks..

  8. Oldfort_mailman

    Oldfort_mailman "The Fortfather"

    Jul 19, 2011
    cleveland tennessee
    I called our local game warden slash dude you call about wildlife to see what my legal options were to get rid of our raccoon problem. He said he has a guy for me to call that will come out and help me. Well, I called the guy's guy (lots of guys in this story) and he said he would be glad to come out and help me with this for a small 200 dollar fee. I told him I didn't have two hundred dollars but asked him what I could get for under fifty bucks. He said for fifty bucks I could go to tsc and buy more of those stupid live traps of which i already have three. Now that's public service. The wildlife officers send you to an animal exterminator rather than coming out themselves. Do you think if I used pickles in the livetrap as a lure it would work?
  9. patman75

    patman75 Songster

    Quote:No, I have a feeling that it was a very young and stupid raccoon or a very hungry one. Either way it took a small bite and then left the rest. Then spent the rest of the night trying to get into the chicken tractor.

    Tonight the traps are set with pieces of cow heart and marshmellows. I should have a raccoon or two in the morning. [​IMG]
  10. Katy

    Katy Flock Mistress


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