The opossum hunt is back on. It took me a while to find the small havahart trap. Like so many other things I have tried to purchase these days .... it was unavailable to me in the brick & mortar world. ATTENTION: To all contemporary retail based corporations. Its not that consumers are not buying. Its that you are not selling. Your business model is WRONG! Times are a changing! And you are not keeping up!
Ok ! Got that out of my system.
Now for Opossum..........
I put the girls to bed early and set up the havahart trap. It didn't take long. Jimmy and I watched a movie and went to check the trap and there was opossum #1, his cute little fingers desperately trying to reach the latch and free himself. I couldn't leave the poor thing in there all night so we grabbed the keys and drove down to the local park and let him go. We came home, reset the trap and went to bed. This morning we woke up to opossum #2 . This one spent the whole night in there and he was pretty pissed by the time we let him go in the same spot as his sibling. Tonight we go for opossum #3. Hopefully he did not learn from watching his family disappear one at a time. Jimmy has been singing 'Born Free' nonstop ever since we started this process.
It had to be done though. Right now they are tiny and cute, but a few months from now they will be full grown and stealing eggs and keeping the chickens up at night. Hashtag keeps trying to protect the other chickens from them and I am afraid one of them will kill her if they are allowed to stay.
Hashtag news: She no longer has her special escape pen. She is big enough now to be in the pen with them. One of the reds is seriously bullying her. That same red is on death row and doesn't know it. She is at least 5 years old this year and possibly older. She is also the loudest and the one that calls for Jimmy and I for no reason. She thinks we should just sit outside and keep her company. Her egg production is way down. So, the cranky old hag who doesn't produce anything, bullies the youngster, and demands her own way in everything, despite her lack of contribution, will make the ultimate sacrifice in about a month. Moral of this story?: When you are old and useless.... it might be a good idea to make sure everyone likes you so they don't decide you aren't worth the trouble.
|Pissed opossum in a havahart trap|