Ranch News: An invasion of starving rattlesnakes this year: skinny aggressive ones of all ages, which suggests they are not born here. Emily's idea is the ranch across the street has sprayed for insect and mouse infestation (which also kills snakes) and the snakes are refugees. Marielitos.
The ranch across the street is a thousand acres, twice our size.
Rattlesnakes have killed two baby peafowl. They are all around that pen. We will try to put the pigs in the peafowl pen . . . hope they don't burrow out followed by the birds. Pigs eat snakes. Hmm, pigs eat everything. And they like to root around in soil, which obliterates the tunnels the snakes make.
And you thought you had problems.
September 1, 2009: Update
Duh, the pigs would also eat their eggs. So we have the pigs in the area around their pens outside of them. Oh, my, I am told there are rattlesnake parts all over that pen, and, yes, the porkers are digging the snakes right out of their holes. The last baby pea is alive and well.