the chipmunks always outsmart the dogs
Dustin Powers wrote:We are in washington state on the sw coast and have probably 5 different species of chipmunk. The most prolific being the townsend's.
I feed the dogs live rodents to encourage them to chase vermin. but freeze the quail because birds are off mlimits
Steve Hoskins wrote:We have fed our dog with rabbits, fed young and whole.
This, along with eggs and our scraps makes her look very good.
One time she got worms from them.
The rabbits get the worms from the local coyotes.
The coyote drops a poop containing the worm's eggs, the rabbits eat the grass next to the poop and the eggs. The rabbits incubate the eggs into little pockets of worms. You can identify the pockets during butchery.
If the dog eats the worm sac, the dog gets the worms, and the cycle repeats.
This type of cycle is common in rodents.
Freezing the rabbits with the worms in them for a day or so will kill the worms, and then you can feed them to the dog without fear. For us, that's covenient, as they come in big batches (sometimes as many as 15 per kindling).
Currently our dog is on a high quality kibble, but that is only because we had a baby last year and let the husbandry slide a bit. Our rabbit production was low because of a weak buck. I didn't realize until late in the season. That being said, we are restocked with two new bucks and a doe, all unrelated to each other, to get back to some hybrid vigor.
We use organic pellets all winter (they look like food), not the plastic-like conventional ones.
In the spring, summer and fall, they get fresh cut grasses, legumes, vegetable waste, and twigs.
We would love to phase out the pellets, but have too many rabbits at the moment, and much of our pasture goes to pigs.
PS we have tried colony method. It was exciting, but not as easy as cages, to say the least.
They dug deep holes and I had to hunt them Elmer Fudd style, even though they were our livestock.
One time I shot the wrong one.
One time I had to dig up a whole litter when their mom was killed.
Tim Wells wrote:our dogs get eggs, any meat scraps, bones and some dairy to supplement the kibble.
Randy Gibson wrote:great video, going to build it today.