Last year, which was sadly named The Year of the Groundhog, we did major battle battle with bastard groundhogs. I think our neighbor ended up, uh, getting rid of, over 12 of them, not to mention several possums and raccoons.
This year, we thought we had that groundhog problem in the history books... Well, not so much. A few days ago, we had a groundhog sighting in the driveway, and then again yesterday. We set the trap out in the neighbors yard to try and get him. No luck.
This afternoon, I spotted him in my yard munching on tomatoes, which I promptly threw on some clothes and chased him off with a shovel. I came back in, took a shower, then as soon as I got out, he was back there again literally picking my green beans. I gathered up the trap and reset it in my yard, in the path to the tomatoes and the beans... Its now been like, a week, and still nothing. Maybe my chasing after him with a shovel scared him off.
So, not only do we have groundhogs again, we are doing battle with sparrows. A LOT of sparrows. They really enjoy chicken feed, just in case you didn't know. I switched the girls over from crumbles to pellets in hopes of thwarting the tiny beaked bastards from eating it as much. It isn't perfect, but its better.
And then we have the mice. Since I changed the girls over from a typical upside-down gallon water thing to a tub of water, I have at least one dead mouse a week in there. Gee, its such a pity they can't swim...