Rammy's Rabbit Thread

Rammy

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Very upset this morning. Went to feed the chickens and found one of my LH pullets with a bloody wound on her head. There was also blood on the roost pole they sleep on in front of the nest boxes. Im pretty sure what did it. I knew those nasty rats were responsible for the missing chicks but now they are attacking my adult hens.
I got new poison but they arent touching it. I dont know what to do other than get rid of my chickens. If they are attacking my hens they will go after my rabbits kits when they are born.
 

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Have you tried a water trap? A big bucket with water in it, cover the water with birdseed. When they go for the birdseed they fall in and can't jump out...
 

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I have one just havent set it up yet. I did call the exterminator today to come out and see if they can be more successful than me. I found out about these ratinator traps I may try too.
 

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@Ridgetop on BYH is using both a ratinator trap and a squirrelnator or some other one for the "ground squirrels" (which I know as chipmunks) and is catching them like gangbusters... Moves to a new spot after a couple of days. Catches a bunch at a time until they get smart I guess....
 

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I sent her a email asking where she got it. Rural King has them near me so I may go up there and get one.
 

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Trap all you can, then use Just One Bite. I toss chunks under the house every fall or else the mice move in for the winter.

 

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Got Mr.Buckaroo Bonzai pretty much vlcombed out tonight. Still has some yellow on his fur but its getting better. Just a few spots.
Tried putting up some 2 x 4s to hang the wire rabbit cages but didnt have long wnough star screws. Making a trip into Ace tomorrow.
Sold 4 of my hens tonight. Need to downsize to around 12 to 20 hens. Feed bill to high. Will keep the older hens, of course. Selling the 11/2 year olds. Have some young pullets I hatched out that might keep but if someone wants them, fine. Got a few more roosters to get rid of but if I cant sell them its off with thier heads and freezer camp.
 

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Sold 10 more hens today. Sold 4 yesterday. Still have 32 hens from my count. Have about 8 or 9 pullets I hatched out that I can keep or still try to sell. Trying to get my feed bill down. Would really like around 20 hens. Will see who else I can part with later.
 

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Neighbor came over yesterday and helped me put up a few hanging cages. I had tried doing it myself but its hard hanging cages and holding a screw and power drill by yourself. The cages are alot sturdier than how I did it before. Now all I need to do is unscrew a bolt and unhook from the carabinors(sp) to clean them.

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I put clear plastic behind the cages to catch any accidents. Hopefully next month I can start breeding for baby bunnies. 🐰🐰
 
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