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  • Bubby
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    Good luck with this terrible situation. I can’t imagine what a nightmare this is for you. Keep us posted on the progress.

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  • grammaterry
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    I just googled bubonic plague (remember the plague of the 14th century...black death) and yes, it still exists. The rats carry it and the condition is not prevalent but several people a year get it in the US. Perhaps that might be a wake up call pychologically. Just a thought

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  • toggpine
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    Update on the situation:

    My cousin knows about the rat situation. He is going to talk to Auntie on Sunday. The biggest problem is they won't say "No" to his sister.
    We talked about them getting an exterminator out to give advice about going forward. They want to clean out all of the trash and hiding places for the rats. It's good to clean up the mess, but then you have a bunch of homeless rodents. My guess is they need to reduce the rat population before removing their habitat.
    They also need to rethink the housing for the poultry. It needs to be a safe place for the animals to live, easy to keep clean, & efficient to get chores done.
    I am tempted to call Homestead Rescue to help, but it seems that they work more with people who don't have power, water, etc. and use thier property as their main source of income. Not so much a crazy 40 year old who's living @ home and plaguing the rest of the family with uncontrolled birds and rats.

    I did call my friend with the rat terriers. She is checking with a friend who does the ratting as a full time profession. I told her that the situation would be a good training for newer dogs. The rats don't have any clue that they need to be afraid of anything. A lot of success for beginners!

    In the worst case scenario, code enforcement or the health department gets involved. Cousin #2 needs to realize that she is going to have to change her behaviors, reduce the numbers, or face the reality that she may loose all of them. Thankfully, the animals all appear healthy, including those rats!

    Thanks for all of your helpful suggestions. It still gives me the willies just thinking about it.

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  • toggpine
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    Finn is doing much better. I'm guessing the steroids will dry up the snorkels and he'll be just fine.

  • toggpine
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    Animal control may seize the animals for unhealthy living conditions if the Health Department and/or Code Enforcement get involved.

    Snorkely is fun to say too!
    Last edited by toggpine; May 8, 2020, 11:45 PM.

  • MSN
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    Regarding the rats -- Yikes! Yes, your cousin definitely needs to be made aware of the situation. It makes me shudder.

    On a lighter note, I'm glad your cat's respiratory woes are not too serious. When I read that he had feline asthma, my first thought was that you would be administering bronchodilator inhalers. To a cat. Wouldn't that be fun! Sure hope the steroid injection does the trick.

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  • bubba
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    When I was young, my best friends parents bought her and each of her three sisters each a guinea pig. Within a few short months, there were TONS of them!!! I don't know what ever happened to them, but one day they were all gone.

  • Hulamoon
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    oh my gosh I could picture this whole thing. The worst animal problem we had was bunnies. We bought two for the girls. We bought two females, then the neighborhood was amok with little black bunnies. I was assured they were going to the humane shelter and when I checked they weren't there. I was just hoping they didn't take them for food. 🐰😢 We do have a certain population that eat 🐶

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  • KarenC
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    Well I have no additional advice over what you have been given, but I sure wish you luck in coming to a reasonable solution. This does sound like it could turn into a serious health risk quickly.

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  • bubba
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    First off, love the word snorkely!!! Animal control won't do anything about rats, only domesticated animals. Check with the health department.
    Last edited by bubba; May 8, 2020, 04:48 PM.

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  • toggpine
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    My aunt has never been able to hold her kids accountable. 2 of the 4 managed to get their own selves together and be functional adults. The 2 at home, not so much. The oldest daughter, who is still living at home, is the one who has created the bird/rat problem. I am hoping with some support from outside family, they can get this under control.

  • toggpine
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    I agree. Several years ago, we were getting rats crossing the road from the trashed house as they were cleaning it out. Snap traps, bait under our hay stacks, and the dogs and cat kept them under control. We even had an owl take up residence for a few weeks.
    The difference is we weren't OK with the infestation. We made it as inhospitable as possible for the invaders. We still have a couple every year that sneak in from the woods and try to set up residence in either the wood pile or the hay stack for the winter.
    I may see of the extension agency has any help available.

  • toggpine
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    They haven't had eggs in months, just some shells have been found. With the bowls of food left out, the rats don't have to expend the effort to eat the birds. If there were chicks, that might be a different story.

    Oooh! I forgot about the rat terriers! I have a friend that has them. I think she even "rats" them., and if she doesn't I bet she knows who does! Thank you for that great idea!
    I'd say we would get them a pair, but all of their working pets end up being spoiled to the point of health problems, and end up not working.
    Last edited by toggpine; May 8, 2020, 11:13 AM.

  • JCY
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    Maybe it's time for a mental health evaluation of your aunt! Something needs to be done, and soon!

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  • grammaterry
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    whoa, that is a big problem. Once the infestation of anything occurs , be it weeds or rats or rescue cats or dogs it becomes a major issue to deal with. I think I might call the county extention agent and ask for advise. They might be able to offer some assistance in the confrontation rather than a family intervention. I'm sure your aunt doesn't really want to live like this. I've only had 2 rats in 40 years on our farm (mice yes, rats, no) and both were irradicated with a 22.

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