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Shan



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 16 11:29 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Do you know how likely I am to break a finger? It's almost a given!!!! I think I will have to put up with the damn rodents!

gregotyn



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 15, 16 2:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

However much I don't like rodenticides I use them when I have to. But I am currently curbing the mice that have come in with traps and will be setting one or two larger traps to check if there any rats about. The local council do for rats as well I am told so worth getting in touch.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 16, 16 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You could always use a live trap Shan. They don't spring hard enough to break a finger. You have to transport rodent at least a couple of miles though.

gregotyn



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 18, 16 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bit unfair passing the problem to a. n. other MR., unless of course a. n. other does the same back-spreading the genes around! I have a theory that the only good rodent is a dead rodent.
You won't break a finger if you hold it at the other end, Shan, though I must admit it is a bit of a surprise when it goes off when you least expect it.

gregotyn



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 16 3:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

3 down so far, millions of mice to go!

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 16 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shan wrote:
Do you know how likely I am to break a finger? It's almost a given!!!! I think I will have to put up with the damn rodents!


fenn 4 is a bit big for mice they are suitable for rat, stoat etc ( and probably anything up to mink if you lay them right for a head grab) ,the domestic mouse sized stuff wont break most fingers, the bigger rat sized ones can be a bit nasty if you are not careful.

with the "little nipper"type i hold the sprung bar from behind and gently push down and wiggle it a bit until you get a very fine set, polishing the lever and hasp with 1200 gt emery paper makes for a smooth action and screwing the trap to a board makes handling easier and safer.,treadle up to an edge so it can be placed up to a wall or whatever.

wellington womble



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 22, 16 10:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think I have a stoat. Honestly, the back to nature lifestyle is all very well, but I never expected so much wildlife. I have never in my entire (fairly countrified) life knowingly encountered a stoat for heavens sake. But as soon as I get some quail, the poor things get their heads eaten off.

On the plus side, the remains of the quail proved effective in baiting the fox trap. Wildlife 1 - WW 1. Even for now (except that is fox no 4. How many of those are there going to be for goodness sake?!)

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Wed Nov 23, 16 8:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wildlife is great in its place, which isn't in the house or garden. We occasionally get mice in the house, so have to evict them and find where they are coming in. We had trouble with rats for a while round our yard, so were very careful about getting rid of all food waste including any wrappers and had to use poison I'm afraid. Not a thing I like, but has to be done sometimes.

I have seen a stoat in the woods, and our 'lad' saw one playing in the sawdust heap one morning. Husband recently sprained his ankle fairly badly by jumping down from the tractor into a scrape the badgers had dug looking for grubs. He didn't get much sympathy as he had partly filled in the scrape and keeps forgetting he his now 67, so perhaps behaving like a 20 year old isn't wise. (I have been very good about listening to his moans about how it hurts and making sure he has crepe bandage to put round it.)

gregotyn



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 16 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

3 more mice have flung themselves onto mouse traps since I last posted!

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Nov 29, 16 5:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

i'm fairly adventurous with dinner but i donít think mice or foxes count as harvest

re fox 4 ,there will be a steady supply of them looking for a chicken dinner and re mice 3 in a short time makes me think you have "plenty" so keep at it is best policy with both .

gregotyn



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 01, 16 2:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Traps reset as soon as contents unloaded, and will be investing in 2 more as backup. They are a harvest, dpack, used as fuel! I do wish they would go with their eyes closed though!
I agree that I probably have plenty of reserves waiting to replenish the current front line.

Mistress Rose



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 05, 16 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Going back to actual harvest and forgetting the mice, I got the last 2 quinces that deigned to come down last week. Also got a couple of apples I could reach and a bunch or grapes from the greenhouse. The birds seem to have been at the apples left on the tree, and I can't reach them, so unless they fall, the birds will be finishing them off I am afraid.

Green Rosie



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PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 16 9:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

This week I have harvested from the polytunnel and outside:

Lambs lettuce, mibuna, turnips, savoy cabbage, red cabbage, leeks and I even dug up some errant spuds I found!

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 6974
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 16 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well done.

I need to have a 2nd go at the kale, swiss chard and the beetroot.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 6974
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Dec 07, 16 10:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh and the jerusalem artichoke

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