Finally downloaded a myriad of photos from the camera to the computer. Let's share...
A few weeks ago, we realized we were again being invaded by...rats. The disgusting things are camped out under our chicken house, which provides them with abundant grain and, sadly, some meat. I know, I know, don't leave feed bags lying on the floor, clean up often and scrupulously, etc, etc. Well, the feed lives in galvanized cans; no bags lying around here! And I sweep often. But there's that big old feeder hanging in the chicken house. It has to be there. So there's a ready supply of grain always available. Rat Heaven.
We decided that it would be better to dispatch some of the rats to a more unearthly afterlife, if there is such a thing for rats. Jay and John set out, armed to the teeth, for to shoot them some rats.
They tried flushing them out.
Those little suckers were fast. Even Soldier Boy only got off a few good shots. This was the result.
Hey, guys, one less rat makes me happy. But they were a little sheepish.
So I am trying another tack. I put out poison this weekend. I hate doing that, because it is too easy for the dogs, and even the hens, to find it, or find a rat that has succumbed to it. Last year we lost 4 hens when I poisoned rats. I hope we don't this year!