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It's a funny thing, but a rat-sized tunnel has appeared going into the chicken run. Can't help wondering if this is in any way connected with the fact that we haven't been getting as many eggs lately.

I've blocked it with an old tile for now, but that's not going to hold the little thieves for long.

Date: 2015-12-04 05:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] parrot-knight.livejournal.com
Here, mysteriously, grains of mouse poison have started turning up in my sister's bedroom, as if the mice are making a point...

Date: 2015-12-05 10:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] helflaed.livejournal.com
Rustica reccomended soap filled scourning pads when she had problems

Date: 2015-12-08 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] heliopausa.livejournal.com
Oh dear. You can stop one tunnel, but the phrase 'rat cunning' is well founded. You might have to cede the hen-run, and fall back on fortifying just the nesting-boxes?

Date: 2015-12-08 05:38 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] adaese.livejournal.com
There's already a new tunnel next to the old.

The trouble with fortifying the nest-box (easy peesy, just close the stout plastic door) is that the hens' water-bowl is outside (and can't go in because they'd knock it over, then get cold wet feet, and then Dire Things would happen). But I might just close the door on them overnight for a bit, while it's midwinter and they're not waking up till comfortably after we do.

Date: 2015-12-09 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] didiusjulianus.livejournal.com
There are things that make a noise that rats don't like. Could work...?

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