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T.G



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PostPosted: Mon Apr 12, 10 9:58 pm    Post subject: is it a mink?  Reply with quote    

How likely is it that we may have a mink and how do we deal with it?

We're in a split camp -

the large bloody foot print is much bigger than a rat could make, and I don't think its a weasel either

OH is convinced that its a rat, but whatever it is its big and vicious it killed our big English buck rabbit overnight and George was a huge guy. Whatever it was got in the pen with him.

we've baited outside and around the pen, for rats so i'm unsure a rat would be big enough to have done what this thing did.

oh i forgot to say, next door are the peacocks, they make a hell of a racket and this think ignored them and picked on george

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 10 5:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wooden tunnel trap, Fenn no. 4 inside.

Mind your fingers.

Either that or a cage trap, bait it with something tasty and see what turns up.

Calli



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 10 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Do you have water close by?


As in river lake etc...not as in amenity

Seconds Fenn no 4

Faithmead



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 10 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh heavens, so sorry to hear that TG.....what a shock

We had problems last year and lost 7 hens over a period of about 4 weeks. It used to sit and watch them, pick out its quarry and then attack, snatch and drag it away

We set a mink cage trap for it.......but never caught the b***er.

I hope you get it.

M

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 10 8:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

At the risk of repeating myself for the unpteenth time, nobody should wait until they have a problem before they do their pest control. You should have rat bait boxes and tunnel traps down at all times, and do an occasional fox sweep with lamps and caller, just to see what you've got around you.

lottie



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 10 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We caught a polecat in the fox trap[unintentionally]that had been after the poultry ---could that or an escaped ferret be your culprit?

T.G



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 10 10:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Brownbear wrote:
At the risk of repeating myself for the unpteenth time, nobody should wait until they have a problem before they do their pest control. You should have rat bait boxes and tunnel traps down at all times, and do an occasional fox sweep with lamps and caller, just to see what you've got around you.


yes thats as maybe, and good advice, but we bait block for rats, and as long as anything else stays clear of me and mine i'll steer clear of it

we have a roaming badger as well, but no sign of the fox - defo must have been the one found dead on the road that was our thief.

if i pre-empted everything possible that would and does come noseying around the whole place would be one large trap i mean from time to time we get the odd wild boar - what size trap would you suggest for that

chicken feed



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 10 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

not an experct but i would have thought a big one

Brownbear



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PostPosted: Tue Apr 13, 10 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I would put a round through it and make it into salami.

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