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Teeth Marks

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Who’s been chewing on our bin? We keep chicken food in a metal garbage can, but Cyndie likes to provide additional scratch grains and dried mealworms that are stored in the plastic bin shown above.

Last weekend we noticed some teeth marks along the edge of the lid. Yesterday afternoon I discovered the tenacious chewer has gotten to the second level.

I suspect it might either be the return of a certain woodchuck that Cyndie and Delilah chased out of the hay shed a couple of days ago or the frequently sighted raccoons, based on the burrowed access hole into the barn that has been dug out several times. I’ve filled it back in twice already, but this time, after I filled and packed the hole, I peed on it for good measure. I want this varmint to know who he/she is messin’ with.

If it is dug out again by this morning, I’m setting the trap.

I don’t know what I’ll do if I trap whoever it is, but will cross that bridge if/when I come to it.

Pests can be such pests.




Written by johnwhays

June 18, 2020 at 6:00 am

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  1. You’d be surprised what a determined mouse can do. Don’t rule out the possibility of a rat, either.
    Of course raccoons are usual suspects, but they tend to do to more digging with claws than biting/gnawing.

    If you trap it, just relocate it elsewhere like… the other side of town, lol!

    I had to do that with a bunch of squirrels raiding my bird feeders!


    June 18, 2020 at 11:01 am

    • Yes, a mouse or rat could be chomping on this, but the recent sighting of the woodchuck has us leaning toward that being the most likely. The chewing started about the same time. At least no one dug up the hole I filled yesterday (yet)!


      June 18, 2020 at 3:16 pm

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