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Predator Proofing

We are still in mourning for our beautiful Fluffy, but I suppose every adventure has it’s conflict, tragedy, or villain (damn rats raccoons) and the heroes must persevere to become stronger and wiser, so that is what we are trying to do. We went to the hardware store to purchase 2x2s, chicken wire, a staple gun, and braces to build a screen to put under the coop at night. That took most of yesterday. We also stapled chicken wire over the ventilation holes, and we’ll make sure to pull the ladder up at night as well. And we’re going to try trapping the rats with live traps and then use a humane asphyxiation method I researched online. Jonah insists that Fluffy must be avenged. We’ll see how it goes. (Update: we caught nothing, probably because we now believe it was raccoons instead of rats) Gloria and Cleo are fine, maybe a bit more skittish and inseparable. It seems to make them extra nervous to be separated from each other. We set the coop back up for them this morning and they really didn’t want to go up the ladder, or get anywhere near where Fluffy was killed, at the top of the ladder by the vent holes. So we broke out some canned corn (their favorite treat) and sprinkled it on the ladder stairs and all over that spot and inside the vent holes, now screened. It took them awhile, but eventually they ate it, and settled into the hay for a bit of a rest. So I think they’ll be OK. Tonight may be tough, but we’re doing everything we can to make it a safe one, so hopefully they’ll feel secure in their coop again soon.

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