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Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 19 11:17 am    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

The poor dear has a purple under-carriage from the anti-bacterial spray.

Slim



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 19 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds like a good problem to have! Better purple than rotted!

Shan



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 19 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Absolutely.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 19 2:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    


Hopefully she will recover and be vigilant in future

have you got the contract in place for radjel?

it will be back if it is not stopped somewhere, dinner later is something they remember.

most of them stick to bunnies ,bins and roadkill but if you get a bold one that likes chooks they need personal attention.

Shan



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 19 2:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have informed the gamekeeper. I think it was more opportunistic because there are loads of pheasants that tend to gather in the Mill Race. Fortunately, with all the rain were had, the Mill Race is currently flooded, so is a bit of a deterrent. I am planning on burning out the Mill Race because it is currently the only real hiding spot Reynard has.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 19 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

the ones on my chooks got sorted very quickly once the pheasant losses were shown to mr pheasant

Shan



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 19 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Well, he's shot 60 foxes so far this year. Shot one on Friday in the pheasant pen.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 19 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wow that is infestation , maybe the latest one is your one, hope so.

unless they have a huge area they shoot that is quite a dense population even after the cubs grow up and leave home and get noticed.
at least 20 breeding females within their free fire zone or plenty just outside it whose cubs look for a territory.

imho a few are a good thing as they are ace undertakers and bunny cullers but more than a few get hungry and take risks with domestic stock.

i previously mentioned i can be on either side of the fox issue depending on circumstance and reasons, perhaps know a little of their ways and have been known to squat their premises for my own purposes

your ones need high velocity attention.

Shan



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 19 3:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

He does cover quite a wide area and bear in mind that there are several pheasant 'sanctuary' areas plus Breeding pens surrounding us. By the end of the season, he will have shot at least another 80. He also suspects that there are 'town foxes' being dumped out here by well meaning individuals.

dpack



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 19 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

displaced urban would be both a problem and easy targets.

Shan



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 19 10:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Good news, Mollie laid an egg today with a nice healthy hard shell.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 19 10:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

that is a good sign that the injuries were limited to a few flesh wounds and that she is not in a decline.

fingers and hooves crossed the only permanent thing will be raised awareness of danger and a hatred of foxes.

grannie had a few survivors over her chook keeping career that were good accidental guard chickens, not usually the flock leader, that were hyper aware of danger and warned others by their panic.

she also made her own dumdums (from FMJ rounds) for the mk4 lee enfield if the fencing was being undermined or climbed (even with the electric on one gave it a go:roll:)
very effective even it needed a bucket and shovel to tidy up

it was quite rare a fox became a problem and even then they soon were not a problem.

Shan



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 19 11:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Sounds like you had quite a fierce grannie. Unfortunately, I have nothing suitable for fox shooting so have to rely on the gamekeeper. He does tend to take notice.

dpack



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 19 2:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

on the surface very "normal" if needs be but underneath very competent and wise in many ways.

her biography and cv is a bit unusual

b1889
1903 responsible for her 12 younger siblings as her mum croaked a week after the last baby was born.
with the help of her gran(refugee survivor of the great famine, another good biog.)raised all of them to adulthood and ran a smallholding while dad went out engineering.
1914 to 1919 volunteer nurse, gulp. she got very good at mangled and gassed.
she gained huge respect from the doctor community and had a life long working relationship with one of em(see below)
early 1920's nurse and phisio to FA cup winners+free based on need and paid community nurse(pre nhs etc), married an engineer who was a bisley champ with full bore, 2 kids , posh house (see fa cup and paid)
her 2 kids , my dad and aunty have a few interesting bits on their cvs.

ww2 is a huge chapter, a fun extract is she had two tame italians for a couple of years who liked being peasant smallholder staff on the land behind her rather nice footie derived house.

widow and grannie late '50's

by the time i was 5 i knew the names and uses of several hundred plants and i could have a snack, mend a broken bone or cure a green wound with them, tend an allotment or wrangle chickens was normal. by 7 i could make black powder and gloss paint to pro standards

yep she was a bit unusual

loads missing but it gives an idea of the sort of short stocky lady who might be on the roof of a henhouse with a mk4.

Shan



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PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 19 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Her life would make a very interesting book!

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