@#$&@$!! RATS!!! Rat proofing project.

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The saga continues, slowly. I got one out of 3 floors done yesterday, the mama cage was first--she won't mind me fussing around with everyone else but she is due this next week, so I wanted her settled first.

Before I started on that I leveled and cleaned the chicken run floor, so I would be kneeling on a level surface at least while I worked. I found extensive rat tunneling in the floor.
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Luckily the dog helped me dig them out!

(hopefully that video runs--he was soooo happy that I was LETTING him dig!)

I moved the mama doe into the bucks cage and put him in a carrier while I worked. She is the sweetest doe, gentle and kind, but she actually grunted and grumbled at me when I came to pick her up to put her back in her cage. She is visibly very pregnant. Poor girl, I know how you feel! Here is the new flooring in the space, it was a pain to get it in there. I did not think it would ever flatten out. View attachment 40777

But it did...with eleventy million stainless steel zipties!
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Its solid and sturdy and presumably now rat proof, but there are already a select few poops sitting on it, refusing to fall thru! 😢

Good doggie!
Trouble I've found is that the rats will search for a way in, a 1" hole is like an open invitation. So that means that roof sections, sidewalls, around J-feeders/water bottles all need to be covered with the 1/4 to 1/2" hardware cloth. Such a pain.
yeah the tomkat blocks seem to get totally ignored here too. They are shockingly smart. I kind of figured if I could make it taste like chicken feed I might have a chance--I am considering liquid poison and treating actual chicken feed and loading a bait station with it.

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