Caught the rat!
We've been on the trail of the rat living under our chicken coop
for a couple of weeks now. While you'd think rats are a cosmetic
problem, they're actually very dangerous as we get close to chick season
since rats can demolish a flock of fuzzy babies in short order.
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I started trying to catch
the rat while Mark was away visiting his parents in Ohio in
January. I stopped after a couple of failed attempts, though,
because I was afraid of hurting Lucy...and was also afraid of snapping
my fingers in the trap. Mark has a certain calm focus that's very
handy when using chainsaws and setting rat traps, so I let him take care
of round 3.
The good news?
Within two hours, the rat was dead. The bad news? An hour
later, Mark saw another rat. This one wasn't interested in
following its coop-mate's path to the happy hunting grounds in the sky,
so we're back to the drawing board. How to catch a now-trap-shy