Chickens Will Eat Anything, But Rats Won’t

Tuesday November 15, 2022 Guerneville CA.

Chickens

I eat the crab meat and give the shells to the chickens and they consume all the crab shells I feed them. They gobble those shells up like they are a delicacy. They have the system to eat them, but I don’t. I think it has something to do with making eggs as the crab shells are made of similar stuff. If I throw a whole egg on the ground they eat the shell first.

Anyway, it’s a good way to get rid of those smelly shells.shells1

 

Rats

Now the rats seem to be a bit fussier. They are eating the crushed cube bait mixed in with a bit of flour and have been doing so for several weeks now. I think, maybe a couple of them have died from eating the green stuff, but there’s still a bunch of them feeding here every night.bait3

 

Cubes

The cube bait has been under this cut off bucket for the same period of time and the rats haven’t touched it. A couple of mice ate a tiny bit of it, but that’s all.

Today, I put the bait out in the open in the bucket to see if they might take the bait. I’m thinking they might be leery of the bait in closed up stuff, as it’s more like a trap, although the rats and the mice where going in and out of the bucket before I put the bait cubes in it.blocks2

 

We’ll see if there is any change in their habits with this change? I’m watching them with a cam hooked to my computer that records any motion.

Broken car mirror repair

I got out some epoxy and glued the broken car bracket together and am now letting it set up. I’ll put another coat of epoxy on it to beef it up hoping it will then be strong enough to not to break again.bracket6

 

There’s plenty of room to build up the epoxy to make it stronger.epoxy6

 

Van nuts

I ordered up some new wheel lug nuts to replace the ones I lost when my spare tire fell off on the trip. They fit so now I need to do some modifications on the mount to make it better, but not today.nuts4

 

Quad battery check out

I checked the quad runner battery again today to see if it held it’s charge overnight and it did.quad5

 

I got my Pulaski that I put the new handle on and rode on up to this spot and stopped to check out an old spring.quad8

 

I’m thinking of tapping that spring but first I need to figure out exactly where it’s coming out of the ground. I’ll have to watch it to see if I can figure that out over the winter.spring9

 

I continued on up the road and parked here to do some work and get some exercise.quad10

 

Our main spring water pipe goes down this trail and it needs some dirt over the pipe in certain spots I haven’t had time to cover up yet.pipes11

 

Pipe burial

I cover the pipe up by making the trail a bit larger so I have enough dirt to cover it up which makes the trail much nicer to walk on and I get some exercise in the process too. I’m mostly covering it up to keep any future wild fires from burning it up, like what happened to most of my neighbors that had plastic pipe laying on top of the ground during the last wild fire a couple of years ago.trail12

 

Bridge work

I worked a couple of hours on that and headed on home stopping at this bridge to put a bit of rock on the lead up to these metal ramps.bridge13

 

Metal runners

We originally used wooden runners, but they caused the wood to rot where the wood was laying on the other wood, so we decided to try these metal runners the military uses for stuff. So far they are working out real well with no rot which is good as those big boards are real expensive.

Nice day.

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3 Responses to Chickens Will Eat Anything, But Rats Won’t

  1. Gaelyn says:

    You have pet rats. Very cool bridge. Will the river eventually break through the sandbar? Couldn’t comment on the paddle post.

  2. Judith says:

    More maintenance work today. I would be entranced to have a spring on my property..What a fine thing. I was wondering about the piping; here it’s too cold to have to have pipes on top of the ground. But your bringing up the fire issue has to a little extent satisfied what has been in the back of my mind……you got one road in, one road out, right? Or not. I have no clue about exactly where you are and fire probabilities. But you’ve been around there a long time…..so have some notions about them. Not to mention experience. Anytime you are bored and want to write about it, I’d be interested.

  3. Nancy K says:

    Those dirty rats!!! Maybe more crushed green stuff?? They certainly should have died off by now!! Funny the chickens eat the crab shells. Good calcium I suppose.

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