I am still trying to capture the murdering bastard who has caught and eaten seven of my chickens. Yesterday there was no mink in the trap but the cat food was gone. So last night John set the trap just to be sure. He has a very precise nature when it comes to these things. I will check it after the morning milking.
I spent a decent portion of yesterday repairing the back wall of the chicken coop which is in the Rat House with my bits of wood, pieces of metal, flattened beer cans and old rusty baking trays using my mini sledge hammer and an old coffee tin full of rusty nails. I found many little holes big enough for a mink and now they are all closed.
But the Rat House is a colander – too many holes.. so as soon as possible I will begin to finish their gypsy caravan and shift them out of the chook house all together. The plan is to clean and insulate the chook house and turn it into the delivery suite and nursery for the kunekunes that I will begin to breed next spring.
Although it does not look like I am winning yet, it feels like I am making advances. Though the little chook who was being drug away by the mink, as I was trying to get through the door, is not very happy. She would not get on the roost last night and was settled on the floor of the coop. If the mink did get in she would be first, and I could not bear for her to go through that again so she is in the dog crate on the verandah. She is still in terrible shock and may not survive. But chickens are tough.
This cheerful little box is a wildlife camera. It is motion activated. Lent to me by a friend, I have put it in the chicken coop, if The Mink does get in, we will be able to see where he comes from. Though I really really hope he does not get back in. It is too awful. Maybe the flash will scare him off?
So I will check that later too and see what we come up with. Hopefully nothing. All I want to see is sleeping chooks.
We had quiet night, no incidents, nothing got in, all was well in the chook house when I checked at 4am. Even the little brown hen on the verandah is still alive, much to her surprise. Fingers crossed.
Good morning. Daisy milked clean almost all day yesterday. I am still milking three times a day. But there seems to be some residual mastitis holding on. Her oregano oil arrived, so today I will begin to treat her with that. It is to be diluted with olive oil and inserted into the teat after each milking which is easier than it sounds. Oregano is a natural antibiotic so let us see how that goes.
I hope you all have a lovely day
Your friend on the farm