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Rattus Norvegicus!!

Post by StillDave » Wed Dec 04, 2019 4:40 pm

Went to check on my brew last night, and disturbed a rascally little burglar working its way into my bag of cracked corn!! My fault for leaving it out, but having said that, I always have done and have never had so much as a little mouse in my shed. Anyway, he soon scooted out of the hole he'd chewed in my shed, and I put the bag of corn safely into a spare FV, and locked the shed up, determined to block the hole today.
When I unlocked the shed this morning the bar steward had been back with a vengence! There was a silver foil vacuum sealed bag of smoked barley that he'd chewed through in about four different places, spilling the contents all over the place, and he'd knocked things over in his efforts at finding stuff to eat. Fortunately thats all there WAS for him to eat. On top of all that, while I was moving stuff away to allow me access to repair his entrance, the little sod let me know he was still there and made his escape, although by now he was fatter and had to struggle to get out! :D :D
Anyway, the hole is repaired, spilled grain hoovered up, anything edible stowed away, and my brew is going along nicely.
We have three cats, and also some others visiting from time to time......useless! :P
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Re: Rattus Norvegicus!!

Post by Jennysgin » Wed Dec 04, 2019 5:30 pm

Oh no! :shock:
Sack the cats :scream_cat: :mouse:

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Post by Mash » Wed Dec 04, 2019 6:44 pm

I store stuff outside. Old stockpots are good containers.

I always like to leave them some welcome "Special" feed out for them.
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Post by myles » Wed Dec 04, 2019 9:39 pm

https://www.smithsofthedean.co.uk/drums ... drums.html

Screw top 45 litre drums.
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I only have 2 of the heavy duty blue screw top 120 litre drums, wish I could find more of these. :(
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Post by jacquie » Wed Dec 04, 2019 10:12 pm

:) excellant album by the stranglers
I'm not under the afluence of incohol - though some feeple pink I am......

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Post by Easydrinker » Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:16 pm

I would not have expected you to know that jacquie.
You must be a little older than you look. :)
Maybe it was in your parents record collection when you were growing up?

Robert
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Re: Rattus Norvegicus!!

Post by jacquie » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:15 am

Easydrinker wrote:
Wed Dec 04, 2019 11:16 pm
I would not have expected you to know that jacquie.
You must be a little older than you look. :)
Maybe it was in your parents record collection when you were growing up?

Robert
i was indeed a teenager when it was released 1977, which must mean i look younger than my years - thank you kind sir :D

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Re: Rattus Norvegicus!!

Post by Easydrinker » Thu Dec 05, 2019 1:41 am

Complements from myself, are indeed rare.
Go large, and party, you young thing!

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Re: Rattus Norvegicus!!

Post by Easydrinker » Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:10 am

Coming back to Mr Rat..
Once upon a time, I stepped into the breach to try and keep a small, specialised, (physically challenged guests for the most part), hotel running.

One morning, a big old rat was watching me, from the middle of the kitchen floor.
I moved some boxes and bulk cases. and trapped it behind a chest freezer.

I despatched said rodent with a few blows to the head from a snooker cue.
Alex Higgins style.
Not that my game improved after.

My girly staff never knew any of this.
Am I a bad person.?

Robert.
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Re: Rattus Norvegicus!!

Post by StillDave » Thu Dec 05, 2019 5:08 pm

Easydrinker wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 2:10 am
Coming back to Mr Rat..
I despatched said rodent with a few blows to the head from a snooker cue.

Am I a bad person.?

Robert.
In a different life, at a different time, Robert, I would have done the exact same thing, in fact, I've done a lot worse, things which still haunt me to this day! :( But whether it's an age thing or what, or becoming more aware of my own mortality, I don't know, but I've developed an appreciation and a love for all living things that might be seen as extreme to some, but I'm glad I feel this way.....anyhoo...I won't be killing mr rat, if he persists on breaking into my shed, I'll buy a humane trap and take him down to the canal and let him go. But if he decides to hang around and help himself to the compost heaps, he's very welcome. :D :D
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