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gz



Joined: 23 Jan 2009
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Location: Ayrshire, Scotland
PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 20 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    


dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 20 6:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

not seen one for a while, not even one doing a shopping dash.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 20 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Oh dear. You really need to get rid of that rat, but the question is, how? It seems a rather wily little blighter.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 20 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

ummm

dpack



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 20 8:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

it has triggered a fenn twice and a "big nipper" 3 times without getting dead

since i changed to "hand feeding" the birds on the sill rather than feeders and scattering rat has been hungry, it had 2 nights digging cold wet soil to glean a few seeds, that makes baiting easier

if it was a less urban location it would have been shot ages ago

as it may only have 9 lives i will persist.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 05, 21 11:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

it is possible it may no longer be a problem.

since it just escaped its christmas pressie it has not been in the box of doom
i was seeking gleanings but the new avian restaurant is very tidy and so it has been a bit "underfed"

day before yesterday i saw it drinking in daylight which is odd as most food is wet at the mo.
the thirst is a classic symptom of " eating something that disagreed with him " or " a surfeit of lampreys " or " a brush with livia "

it was looking a bit poorly and has been unobserved since

ps i recon "a brush with livia " and "cooking with fritz" would be ace pitches as titles to a minor tv channel, after paying for the pilot they might bottle it but some might not

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 21 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Seems someone else went the poison route then having got even more fed up with it than you. Hopefully the bird restaurant and Sammison home will be back in working order soon.

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 06, 21 11:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

still no eyeball or fresh trail/spoor from the rat,

muttkin was pointing to something nasty in the woodshed last night but that may have been live, poorly or dead, tt did not wish to discover the details

if that is what has happened at least it will be no rat no problem

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 07, 21 3:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

4 days no eyeball or "rummaging" noises

i might try easy food tomorrow and see if it is just being quiet or if it is no longer on active service

if it did get poisoned elsewhere i cannot smell it yet, but it is a bit chilly here and the most probably nest positions might be mummifying it rather than making stinky dead rat soup

this is the biggest gap without eyeball since it got evicted from the ex hotel and moved here

Slim



Joined: 05 Mar 2006
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Location: New England (In the US of A)
PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 21 1:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

I don't remember if you had addressed them previously, but a friend is very excited about Victor electric mouse and rat traps.

dpack



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 08, 21 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

iirc rob tried a leccy trap, lethal to mouse(who was not a problem) and very unpleasant for ratty but not instantly fatal

not seen any sign of it in another 24 hrs, tis a bit chilly to find a body by nose

dpack



Joined: 02 Jul 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 10, 21 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

all quiet on the north-western frontier

almost a week with no eyeball and several days with no sounds or hound interest for hunting mutts these things are "above rats, we have terriers for that", divas
dear mutt we do not have a terrier, you bark at them and your princess fetched them back as potential slippers

to think gone would be nice but a bit longer to observed would be prudent

sgt.colon



Joined: 27 Jul 2009
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Location: Just south of north.
PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 21 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Fingers crossed DPack. Let's hope the critter has gone.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 21 9:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

it may not have gone even if it has passed, still no sign of it so it is probably no longer a problem

it might have bought a cypriot passport and moved somewhere less hostile, it is/was the sort of rat that could find a wad of cash and some moody paperwork to improve its lot

first one to beat me in single combat for a long time

sgt.colon



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 21 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote
    


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