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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Psycho Rat

I can't believe it's 2013 already! Christmas went so fast! It was an odd one this year as we were in Bristol right up until xmas eve because I had to work. We felt like we missed out on the build up I guess! Got some good time at home though as my shifts were kind to me.

On return after New Years it seemed that the chickens have had a rather unwelcome guest.. Mr Rat, burrowing into their run to get at their food. GRRR!!

Their food is usually just to the side of where he's dug his hole. For the first few nights we just covered the holes over again but that didn't put him off at all! So at the moment we have been removing their food overnight to stop him. One evening Scott saw the bugger in there so ran up the garden and shut him in! He went absolutely psycho, bouncing off the sides of the run until he realised he could burrow himself out; FAR too quickly as by the time Scott had got the spade he was gone!

We have had a resident rat before, they were living in the compost for a while so we slabbed underneath it. Certainly hasn't been back over there I think there are two or three other places he could be living. Either next doors garden (it's like a jungle!), under the trellis pots in the border or (most likely) under the ivy the other side of the fence; that's the way he seems to run and hide when you scare him off.

In the past we have used poison but because he's getting very brazen and getting close to the chickens I don't want to risk using it too close to them, they really are very dumb and would definitely eat it! Instead this time we have brought a trap. It came today and will go out tonight when the chickens get shut in.

I'll keep you posted...!

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