Life at the end of the road

July 30, 2016

And then there were six!

Filed under: animals, daily doings — Tags: , , — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 10:10 pm

22:30 now and I’ll be in my bed shortly, just as soon as I’ve finished this fine glass of Hardy’s, made a coffee with Baily’s and then brushed my teeth. Truth is, I’m feeling quite smug with myself cos I caught one of those wee f****** that has been causing carnage at the north end and blew his brains out this morning Smile

At just after 5:30 this morning I went out to check the traps and to my great surprise there was a mink in the first one Smile

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Not as surprised as the unwelcome American import that hissed and spitted his last prior to succumbing to a serious dose of lead poisoning right enough, but surprised indeed. This was not one of the super Fenn traps loaned me by ‘Rona Bill’ https://isleofronalog.com/2016/07/20/it-is-that-time-of-year-again/ but the regular one I’d been using for months and caught ‘diddly squat’ in. Must have been the chicken breast I used as bait for I’ve been setting the trap in this drain ‘on and off’ since Christmas.

A couple of the others had been ‘sprung’ but I guess they’d missed their quarry due to my inexpert positioning of the bait. Still, I’m working on it,

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as is my son who’s getting a refresher course on shotgun use Smile

Anyway, most of my day was spent pottering about doing wee jobs around the croft

 

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and delivering hens. Out of almost 90 at our peak we’re now down to just six, Bill taking six yesterday and Donnie Oliphant took six today. That leaves us just half a dozen which will, when they finally recover from their trauma, start laying more than two eggs a day!

My son and I delivered Donnie’s half dozen this afternoon

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and they seemed to settle in quite nicely. Donnie having already lost four of his own to an uncontrolled dog Sad smile

Looks like they’ve been busy at the hotel/distillery.

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No need for all these feeders just now

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Sea eagle at Tarbert

 

Sea eagle

 

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OK, I know it’s a carp picture but there were two of them and it was seriously impressive, honest!

Welding up a caravan step

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I know, I know, ‘dull as dishwater’ but hey, you all moan when I don’t post anything Smile

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13 Comments »

  1. Paul it is all good from the readers point of view, any updates are better than nothing at all.
    O really hope that you get yer Mink problems sorted out.
    Many hanks for a great blog.

    Comment by Simon — July 30, 2016 @ 10:28 pm

  2. Good night old friend, reading your blog really makes me miss you guys and Raasay 😊

    Sent from my Windows Phone ________________________________

    Comment by Gordon Graham — July 30, 2016 @ 10:37 pm

    • Good morning indeed old chum, how’s life treating you down there 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 31, 2016 @ 6:07 am

  3. Glad you caught one of them! Does the presence of mink on the island mean that you’re having to give up keeping hens? Very vexing for you after all the effort setting things up. Great you’re still blogging, keep ‘boring’ us – we love it!

    Comment by Carolyn S — July 30, 2016 @ 11:42 pm

    • Morning Carolyn,
      if we’d had mink when we started into the hens I guess we could have made the perimeter fence out of smaller mesh chicken wire and dug corrugated iron sheets in all the way around. Still presents a problem with the drains right enough but it may have kept them out, for now we’re just keeping some for ourself.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 31, 2016 @ 6:05 am

  4. Congratulations one less😸of the *uggers
    Great to start the day with a new post .

    Comment by Andrew — July 31, 2016 @ 5:06 am

    • Morning Sweden, how’s it compare to Finisterre Andrew? Nothing so far this morning, not even a sprung trap 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 31, 2016 @ 6:01 am

  5. Are you winding down the chicken keeping operation for good? We had a rat issue, our neighbours refused to deal with the nest in their garden so we were scuppered and had to re-home our 3.

    Comment by Alison — July 31, 2016 @ 5:51 am

    • Hi Alison,

      yes, winding down the commercial chook venture, for now at least. Pretty pointless and too upsetting at the moment.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 31, 2016 @ 5:59 am

      • Aw I am so sorry, that’s miserable isn’t it. You went to so much effort to build their living quarters and set it all up. I miss ours too, one day we will move to where we want to be and our forever home and we hope to have some self sufficiency including solar and chickens. I am totally impressed with your lifestyle and all the turbines, panels etc you have to harness the natural power out there. We could never do what you do though as my partner doesn’t have your skill sets.

        Comment by Alison — August 1, 2016 @ 5:34 am

  6. Can you not invite ” Shooters ” up to your gaff to hunt mink? free coat with every 200 mink terminated : )

    Comment by v8mbo — July 31, 2016 @ 6:46 am

    • Can you not invite ” Shooters ” up to your gaff to hunt mink? free coat with every 200 mink terminated : )

      Now there’s a good idea matey 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — July 31, 2016 @ 8:29 am

  7. Always to to hear about life in the real world, sitting behind a desk all day is boring !

    Comment by Steve — July 31, 2016 @ 8:52 am


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