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tail of the rat

It's been a long time since I've posted on lj regularly. Things have been crazy, and I've also been on plurk, which seems to sap the desire to post on lj for everyone who uses it, even though the formats are so different. That and I've been sick a lot, which I am, well, getting mightily sick of. I feel rather like I've been hit by a soft rubber hammer made entirely of tired. A really big one. 

But what I meant to post: A small thing. Tonight it is raining torrentially, and I put on a hoodie and rubber boots and went close in the pigeons. There is a rat that has taken to hanging around the cote. She eats the seeds, and when I go in to close up I usually chase her out. I don't know why, really, I've been meaning to trap her in a have a heart trap and move her elsewhere for months. Really, it seems kinda dumb to draw the line there, 'oh, I'm not REALLY letting a rat live in the cote, I kick her out at night when I close up!' But hey, cuts down on the rat poop at least.

Tonight though, she really didn't want to leave. She kept making a chittering noise at me, not aggressive, just very nervous, and held her ground. I stroked the tip of her tail and she moved a little bit but didn't run. So I closed her in with the birds. I know I really shouldn't, but I felt bad because of the weather. She's so cute. I wish I could just take her to vet, have her spayed and given shots. But I can't, so I'll have to somehow suck it up and trap miss very, very cute little rat and find her a new home in a field somewhere near cows. 

edited to add: the set up is weird, but because of predators, the birds are closed up even in a separate part behind sturdy wire. So Miss Rat can only get near the birds, they can't really touch each other unless one of the birds was right up against the side of the wire. 


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Jan. 31st, 2011 02:40 am (UTC)
At my last barn we had a rat. It was funny how two of the boarders were totally freaked out by it. The thing was so cute. It looked like a giant mouse, not like the city rats I've seen. The owner called an exterminator and he trapped it and took it away. (At least that's what the owner told us softies.)

I guess I'd just be worried about parasites jumping from the rat to the doves. On the other hand, what about parasites jumping from the doves to the rat?
Jan. 31st, 2011 03:52 am (UTC)
That's the other reason I'm thinking of trapping the little booger, I don't want diseases spreading around, I just don't know how likely that really is. The web seems to have conflicting information on this, rats (as just about all animals can) can carry parasites and fleas and so forth, but they're not supposedly as bad as people think.

The pigeons though, are notoriously hardy and they don't have parasites, I check them. The rat might, but the thing is, the neighborhood is full of feral cats already (one of whom particularly likes to hang around the pigeons) so I'm not sure if the rat is actually any worse than any of them.
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