Friday December 3, 2021 Guerneville CA.
My brother Tom lost fifty chickens the other night to some critter. It got in through a hole it made in some rotten chicken wire. Tom said it didn’t appear to eat any of them as there were no feathers from that.
Tom has about 200 chickens he uses for eggs he sells at the farmer’s markets. Well, he used to have two hundred.
He’s been trying to catch the critter. He thinks it’s a fox he’s been seeing around. But he can’t get it in his wire traps.
The trap that works
Sooooooooooooooo, time to get the big stuff in, the old time trap that mostly works.
But it needs some repairs
I looked around for some twelve inch wide boards to fix it but I didn’t find anything that would work, so I kicked in a better idea, although a bit more work.
I decided to do the repairs with sheet metal. All I had to do was measure, cut it and bend it and screw it on and it will last for years and no critter is going to chew this stuff up.
Two pieces to make
Installing the metal parts
Getting dark on me
Out of the weather
I told Tom not to leave this trap out in the weather any more when not in use and it should last a very long time.
I put all my tools away in the dark and went in for the day, after shutting the chickens up for the night. Don’t want no fox killing my chickens.