Wednesday May 8, 2019 Guerneville CA.
Started off puttering
I got up late today and I seemed to be worn out a bit so I started out the day puttering around the yard.
I did finally weld up this sprinkler. I added pegs that can be pushed into the ground and braces that you can step on to push them into the ground if it’s not too hard.
I just finished welding it up and am letting it cool down a bit before putting it into use.
After a bit I hooked a water hose to the sprinkler and put it to work watering this field.
Making it bigger
After some more puttering around I was looking at the new little pen I added yesterday and was thinking I should of made it bigger like around the side where the stick thing is.
Since all the pens I’ve made are out of rebar and are panels it was easy to cut a few wires and bring the gate back out to add some to it.
Larger new pen
I made one other panel and installed them in the chicken pen. It’s the part on the right behind the white oyster shell feeder.
Here it is from the other angle cleaned up a bit.
I plan to move the momma hen and her little peeps into it tonight so they’ll have a better home.
Making the rat trap better
I was watching this trap I got from my brother on the video in the chicken coop and watched two big rats just step over the trigger on the bottom and grab the peanuts and step back over and take off so I though a little modification would help out a bit to make it more difficult to just step over the tray.
Here’s the trap and you can see the little tray they step over on the bottom.
I needed a small piece of sheet metal and after looking around to see what I had I cut one out of this piece of roofing. I need the little piece there.
The new part
I cut this out and formed it into this little part.
Screws might be better
I was going to pop rivet it onto the tray but at the last moment decided screws would be easier to deal with if I wanted to change it later so I got the drill out and drilled some holes and fastened the part on the tray using two sheet metal screws.
Here’s what the new part looks like mounted on the tray. It will make it much harder to just step over the tray.
It’s the body not the head
I’ve always thought that if a rat could get it’s head through something it could pass but after watching one stick it’s head through the trap’s one inch squares and not being able to get through I can now see it’s there big body that stops them not their head.
Moved the new family
Around dark I moved the momma hen and her peeps and all her stuff into the new pen area while they were in their nesting box and all seemed to go well.
I also set the rat trap in the chicken coop so I can watch it on my video camera. With the extra wait on the trigger tray it was a bit hard to set as it was real touchy. I may have to file on the trigger wires to make some flats if it gives me too much trouble setting it. I used peanuts in the shell for bait.
That was it for me today, lot’s of puttering and a little work.
That expanded pen looks much nicer for Ma and her peeps. Nice that you have rebar and a welder for all these odd jobs.
Good luck with catching Templeton, the rat. Did you ever see the movie Charlotte’s Web? :)
The sprinkler looks good now and your rat trap should work much better now. Good luck.