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AMKuska

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Rats are gone, but it turns out they're probably not actually what killed my chickens. I went out a little later than normal to close the new door on my chicken coop, and as I always do I shine my flashlight in there to make sure I'm not accidentally shutting rats into the coop with the chickens.

There was a huge possum sitting in the nesting box eating eggs.

Possum: 1 Husband: 1

I will now shut the door much earlier, and I'm going to bury fencing, as it appears he dug under to get in.
 

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I found a possum in the coop at dusk one time when I went to lock them up. Mine free ranged at the time and he just came in the open door. I found him before he did any damage and had a shovel handy. That's one reason I like to walk inside a coop to gather eggs and such. You see things.

I saw a skunk just walk under a run fence one time, no shovel for him. 12 gauge from a distance. He did not have to dig, just squeezed through a real small area where the ground wasn't level. It's surprising how little room they actually need.
Do you know how to make an apron to stop digging predators? They are easy to install, especially in rocky ground, and pretty effective. Mine stopped what I think was a coyote from digging in.
 

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I found a possum in the coop at dusk one time when I went to lock them up. Mine free ranged at the time and he just came in the open door. I found him before he did any damage and had a shovel handy. That's one reason I like to walk inside a coop to gather eggs and such. You see things.

I saw a skunk just walk under a run fence one time, no shovel for him. 12 gauge from a distance. He did not have to dig, just squeezed through a real small area where the ground wasn't level. It's surprising how little room they actually need.
Do you know how to make an apron to stop digging predators? They are easy to install, especially in rocky ground, and pretty effective. Mine stopped what I think was a coyote from digging in.
Yes, and that's what i'll be doing today. I should have done it a while ago and didn't.
 

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The apron on one side has been added, I'll do a little more each day. I also saw a rat scurry off and yet more bait taken, so much for gone.

the UN prediction of a hunger pandemic has spurred me to continue working on my garden. We put the tomatoes out after a week of gardening off and my kids helped.
Emily’s memory tree flowered, so we took a moment to think about her before going in for the day.
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