Posted 07-19-2004 at 07:08:19
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Had me a good nights rest. I must have, because I went outside this morning and I instantly had an idea. Even better, the idea included using what I already had laying around.
Y'all know the rat dilemma I have. First, let me tell y'sll I went to Walmart yesterday, had to get groceries anyway, so I went over to the sporting goods department and checked out the two gun cases they had displaying some fine guns. The only problem was, there was not one pellet rifle. :( I went to Walmarts site yesterday to see what they had listed in the way of pellet guns, liked the variety.
I guess I will have to go to the Walmart over here by me, I know they have a bigger gun selection. Not to be a pig about it, but there was this young black woman working the sporting goods counter, and she looked to know nothing about guns, so I opted to not ask her anything. I know thats stereotyping, but hey, I don't know anything about guns, so I figured a little girl of about no more than 23 would no nothing.
Anyway, back to what I did this morning. I have a lot of agility equipment I have built for Tip and I to play on. One of them is a tunnel of sorts. The frame was perfect for a...table! I just so happened to have a huge piece of plywood to lay over it, and it overlaps the frame, so that will help deter any climbing the rats may have in mind. I dont think they can climb PVC anyway, too smooth. I slapped that baby together, put the feeder on top, went in and got the chickens treats, came back out, got their attention by rattling the treats around in a cup, started pouring it into their little treat dishes on the table. I had to get a few of them and put them on the table for them to get the idea, but it worked!! I know it won't keep the squirrels off, but it should keep the rats from any more free meals. Took a picture or two of it, will show y'all when I get the film developed.
Such a simple idea, why didn't I think of that before???? ;)
Posted 07-19-2004 at 07:25:44
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Make-do tables are fun: I've used cable spools, pickup beds, stumps and barrels alot, probly my solidest was a pile of old railroad ties, then when i need to bend steel or something, i use the bug bumper cuz it'll take the beating. I thought of another rat reterrent - water. If you had a "moat" about a foot wide around the feed, i don't think a rat could jump it but the chickens don't mind puddles. And for a rat treat, pour a coke in a pie-tin. If they're like mice, they love the stuff but can't burp so they'll just swell up. :)