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.
Making it bigger
Larger new pen
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.
The new 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.
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.