Saturday March 30, 2019 Guerneville CA.
Nice sunny day
Once I got it going today I went out and fed and watered the chickens then let them out to get most of them out of the way as I wanted to dig up under the nesting area as I needed to block some holes to keep the mice and rats from getting under the fed storage shed.
Keeping the rodents out
Improving the better rodent trap
While taking a break I studied the better rodent trap I’ve been working on.
But I had other things to do so I put that aside until later.
Modifying a nest box
That will do for now to see how the chickens like it this way or not. I have some more stuff to do to the boxes like change the ramp in front to a smaller ramp like the ones on the right side.
Poo makes good fertilizer
Eventually I’d like to move the poo dirt under the chickens roost out to some trees where it will do the most good so I loosened it up for now and am thinking of adding some more woodchips to it to help loosen it up some more.
Sunshine and naps
I puttered around the yard and mostly took it easy today enjoying the sun shine and I had a nap or two in there someplace too.
Wired the rodent trap
How it works
Here’s the two parts of the trap. Some feed is put in the bucket bottom and the stick is run through the top hole in the bucket. The little stick has a small notch in it about an inch down from the top that the bucket top catches on until a rodent wiggles the stick then the top of the bucket falls down around the bottom of the bucket trapping whatever is inside.
Here’s the trap set. You can see the little stick coming through the top. The top is sitting on the stick notch. When the rodent hits the stick it will fall off the notch and the top will slide down the stick.
Once the chickens were in and on the roost for the night I set the trap just outside the chickens pen to test it out.
That was my day for a nice one.