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The Plot Thickens

Let the girls out late today as it's raining, raining, raining and cold. There were already 5 eggs and I'm out of egg boxes again. Put most of their feed in the coop to encourage them to stay out of the rain today. Not that this will work. By this afternoon, I will have hungry wet chickens.

The whatever-it-is is strong enough to knock a brick off of the trash can. Interesting pattern in the crumbles again. Definitely looks like paws as opposed to a scooping bowl. That lid is more convex so I switched it with the other and put the bricks back on. We'll see what happens next. The problem is that if it's a racoon, they're omnivores and will eat eggs and chickens both if we don't keep feeding it crumbles. He or she will eat their way through the wood and wire to the coop. I think a prowl of the barn on a rotating schedule is called for.

The whatever-it-is is clever and strong. And I'm strictly gun-control. And pacifist. And the dog is so old he can't see much of anything. (cue creepy music) Hey, Jasper, if this turns out to be a half-man, I'm calling you to come and get rid of it.

Frog Out

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michaeljasper
Oct. 6th, 2006 02:15 pm (UTC)
Beware hungry wet chickens!

Maybe set out a rat trap or two? Although that would probably snag your chickens or a small child or two...

As for the half-man, why, just look the other way and he'll disappear. :)
birdhousefrog
Oct. 6th, 2006 02:24 pm (UTC)
rat? maybe of the industrial-sized kind that's been exposed to a lot of radiation and mutation. The rats I know (other than the two-legged variety) would not be tall enough to knock the lid off, even on their hind legs. Skunk or woodchuck is also a possibility and much, much nicer to have around (smell excepted) than an omnivorous racoon that's going to graduate to a chicken and egg dinner. Somehow I'm thinking that the local fox/coyote guys would prefer chicken to chicken feed. My next goal is to try and figure out what time of day this is happening.

As for traps, a neighbor found out that trapping of wildlife by homeowners is illegal in our county. Guess I'm 'sposed to leave it to the professionals.

Oh. Ok, I'll just look the other way if it's the half-man. Meanwhile, he'll just haul off the entire can, right? Or let it sink into the dirt floor or something.

I'm willing to share. I just want to know what I'm sharing with and will it also eat my chickens?
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