The Pets/animal chat thread

Discussion in 'The Hens' Nest' started by android, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. Pickles

    Pickles Chicken

    @deet i feel like I need to research hermit crabs now lol
    I had no idea they were so complex!

    goodspeed on the groundhog problem. we had moles when we lived in WA and when we called someone to ask about removing them we were told they were protected in the state of WA.

    Scout did his longest run with me this morning and he’s very happy!
  2. deet

    deet Chicken

    There’s a ton of them. The trap places don’t do anything but set traps, they don’t do anything to get them out. We set our own trap and even camouflaged it, and they still found a way to get the apples out and not end up in the trap. Some pepper mix we bought, garlic, borrowed SIL dog.

    I did check the game laws here and we are good for next steps (unfortunately.)

    Edit: and yes crabs are a whole thing! But I have grown very fond of them.
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  3. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I haven't done a ton of research on hermit crabs, but personally I wouldnt invest too much into what PETA says as far as the morality of owning them goes.

    I think it's true of almost any pet though. Theyre generally more work and require more space than a petshop would have us believe. Like there are pretty much no cages sold in typical pet stores that are actually large enough for a guinea pig.

    Sorry about the groundhogs :/ I didnt realize they were so sly and bold!
  4. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    Our solution for our ground rodent (moles? Voles?) was planting catnip to attract stray cats, have you tried that?
  5. deet

    deet Chicken

    It's almost like the smaller the pet... the more work / stuff they need!

    My other crab died. I got another on my lunch break, and he already burrowed in his temporary holding space-- this is a good sign. Hopefully my remaining crab (affectionately and unoriginal-ly named Crabby) will take to him.
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  6. deet

    deet Chicken

    These are woodchucks. There's six (or more) of them. I haven't tried catnip, but I dumped an entire Costco sized container of garlic down their hole and I'd be really surprised to see cat nip oust them. . .
  7. fantasynerd

    fantasynerd Extra Extra

    @deet I edited to clarify that the point of catnip isn’t the catnip itself.
  8. deet

    deet Chicken

    Ahhh thanks @fantasynerd - not sure that's something we'd really want to do, either way. I mean, we also have neighbors, so, I think inviting stray animals is probably not prudent for us in general.
  9. CoolWife

    CoolWife Chicken

    Oh our next door neighbors had a woodchuck family in their yard and they are the wooorst.
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  10. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    Ever since you said woodchuck, I can't get the tongue twister out of my head.
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  11. Zombie Llama

    Zombie Llama Ain't no corn bitch

  12. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    We've had a squirrel hanging out on our privacy fence on our deck for the better part of the day. It was briefly on our neighbour's deck then came back. It's just laying there and I'm not sure if that's normal? It is pretty hot here. We very rarely see squirrels in our yard. 20200624_152146.jpg
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  13. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    I've definitely seen squirrels laid out like that when it's really hot. Usually it's in passing though so not sure how typical it is for then to stay there awhile
  14. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    Yeah our neighbourhood is 10-15 years old and there's not a lot of big mature trees so I'm not sure where he lives. I don't want to waste the wildlife rehab group's time if it's fine. I don't mind it hanging out unless it starts taunting the animals or chewing stuff. My neighbour doesn't want it on their deck, probably due to the kids and dogs.
  15. virgo

    virgo Chicken

    Anytime. :lol::wink:
  16. Afishwish

    Afishwish Bramblebutt

    They’ll do that when it’s hot, especially the pregnant ones (relatable). We have a couple regulars that go full ragdoll and just lay on their bellies.
  17. Vespidae

    Vespidae Antagonist Staff Member

    @Zoomzoom it is a bit odd for him to be laid out in the sun like that on a hot day, squirrels tend to be hiders, but honestly squirrels can be weird. If he's not in obvious distress (injury, lethargy, labored breathing, etc.), I think it is probably fine. Maybe this one just likes to sunbathe. I've seen it.
  18. Zoomzoom

    Zoomzoom Old Curmudgeon

    Thanks guys! He scampered off just before supper time and seemed fine. Weird little dude
  19. Kimmers

    Kimmers Chicken

    The back side of our pool has a very skinny walkway behind it, and Dunkin likes to walk along there but we always joke that he’s so clumsy he’s going to fall in the pool one day. Today I’m in the pool with L at the total opposite end, and I hear a big splash. I looked over and he was in the pool, flailing and panicking, but I had a very wiggly L in my arms. So I yelled for N, who was across the lanai. He’d heard the splash and from his vantage point it looked like Dunkin’s head was underwater. So N races across the lanai and does this like, lifeguard rescue dive into the pool to save him. :lol: Dunkin was totally fine fortunately, 5 minutes after his big rescue he was walking on the skinny part again. But ugh that first moment when we both thought he was in trouble!
  20. whatchyagonnado

    whatchyagonnado Chicken


    A just sent me this from upstairs. Apparently C is making drinks and Mason was allowed coffee but Knox was only given juice. Hes pretty upset.

    ETA- lol A just told me C went “you like coffee daddy?” and when he said yes C went “EVERYONE likes coffee daddy” :lol: Except poor Knox I guess
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  21. Lh718

    Lh718 Chicken

    We've given up the fight on getting Ryder to stop barking at every little sound. He developed an inside voice at least, so we're nurturing that.
  22. RogueLlama

    RogueLlama Chicken

    I’m feeling frustrated by our lab Murphy’s gastrointestinal issues. He was doing great on Purina pro plan’s sensitive skin and stomach food, but over the holidays we went through a period of two months of constant near diarrhea. He had a full spectrum of tests done with the vet that all came back normal and he put him on a prescription venison based food for sensitive stomachs and he eventually got back to normal but decided he hated the venison food and refused to eat it. His vet switched him to another prescription food from Science Diet. He was doing fine and now we’re back to near diarrhea for a couple weeks and he’s so gassy so his stomach is clearly upset. There’s no parasites or bacterial infection we can find, so I’m just at a loss of what to feed him since it seems to be food related. Does anyone have any ideas or had experience with a dog with a sensitive stomach?
  23. Apples&Oranges

    Apples&Oranges Chicken

    Could it be food allergies?

    Eta: sorry, I should elaborate. Can they test him to see what foods trigger him specifically so you can have a better idea of which foods might agree with him?

    We used to use Dick Van Patten dog food for Libby. They have a variety of flavors and they're grain free, iirc.
  24. HBC

    HBC Chicken

    We had good luck with probiotics for some of the GI issues in ours.
  25. RogueLlama

    RogueLlama Chicken

    He’s on probiotics, but I’m wondering if they’re not the right ones for him. Any particular ones you’ve liked? At this point I’ll buy anything to try to help him feel better.

    We did that in December and he’s allergic to chicken, which we already knew because it makes him the itchiest itch. The new food he’s on is hydrolyzed chicken liver, which our vet said wouldn’t bother him due to how it’s processed but something is obviously bothering him.

    Normally I’d just go to the store around the corner that has a million different foods and a vet on staff and go through all the options and see if I could find him something, but my county is going through a COVID spike because no one can be bothered to wear masks or social distance. With being pregnant and high risk due to asthma, plus having my 17 month old already hospitalized this year for respiratory distress makes me really really not want to go anywhere right now. I’m just feeling at a loss of how to help the poor guy.