Vermin, pest control

Saving Pigeon Polly

Saving Pigeon Polly

A couple of weeks ago I was distressed to find rats had breached the defenses of our pigeon pen and killed two pigeons and badly injured a third. I don’t know what it was about that third little pigeon that stole my heart but I found myself determined to do what I could to help … Continue reading

Red mites in chook pens – a quick and simple way to remove them

Red mites in chook pens – a quick and simple way to remove them

Red mites can appear in chook pens throughout the year but outbreaks seem to be especially common during steamy, muggy late summer days. The first sign of an outbreak is usually a faint sensation of something crawling on you after you’ve visited your chook pen. Careful examination reveals a tiny creature (less than 0.7mm long) moving … Continue reading

The startling cost of a fox attack

The startling cost of a fox attack

In my last post I described the distressing loss of 11 lovely young Guinea Fowl to a fox earlier this week. As I opened my wallet yesterday at Farm Services to pay for materials to add an electric wire to the top of our fox fence, I started thinking about all the hidden costs of … Continue reading

Double blow: fox and feral cat attacks – 12 dead

Double blow: fox and feral cat attacks – 12 dead

A few mornings ago I was lying cosy and warm in bed while gentle rain played soft music on the tin roof, when a sound that shouldn’t have been there filtered slowly into my consciousness. It was the insistent ‘Come back!, Come back!’ call of a female Guinea Fowl somewhere much closer to my window … Continue reading

Using rats as baby sitters

Using rats as baby sitters

Dog wrangling is proving quite an issue at the moment. With the help of several wonderful friends, wire netting was added to the boundary fence and across the edge of our bush about a year ago to keep Phoebe and Eva inside the farm. However the recent wet weather has softened the ground and foxes … Continue reading

Our fight against rats killing silkies makes The Hills News paper!

Our fight against rats killing silkies makes The Hills News paper!

My story about basketing 88 silkies in 17 cages in 13 minutes caught the eye of local reporter, Isabell Petrinic. She and Fairfax Media’s videographer Carlos Furtado paid us a visit and prepared a story about our fight against the killer rat for the websites of The Hills News and the Rouse Hill Stanhope Gardens … Continue reading

88 silkies into 17 baskets in 13 minutes

88 silkies into 17 baskets in 13 minutes

Yes, every night I catch 88 silkie chooks and place them in 17 wire baskets. Every morning I go round again and unpack them all from their wire baskets back into their pens. It used to take me 20 minutes each time but I have it down to a fine art now and am proud to … Continue reading

Serial killer strikes again

A sinister serial killer is stalking, killing and eating our gentle little silkie chooks. Over the last two weeks we’ve lost a total of seven of our lovely breeding hens. During the night they suffer what must be a slow and excruciatingly painful death and in the morning all that remains of a healthy little … Continue reading

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