If you throw a moderate amount out, say what will definitely be finished in one day, and put it out early in the morning, you may be able to avoid feeding the rodents.
I've designed a new feeder for the chickens. I guess that it will have to wait until the new chicken coop up the hill, but I really hate the rodents going into the chicken's yard and eating any feed that they leave each day.
My problem, though, is that the chickens eat less when there's less, in a 24 hr. period. We tried giving them less food, thinking that there would be less for rodents, but when they were given less, they slowed down and still didn't finish it.
But, even when they 'finish' it in the feeders, it's left scattered on the ground...enough to draw rodents, anyway. Thus the new feeder that locks down at night, and creates less waste and scatter. I can still throw out big stuff for them to forage. That they see easily, and gets eaten.
Cats, a sure measure of the weather!
It sounds like you are poised to deal with the plants, as needed.
Critter decisions - a lot of those everyday here, too!
Thanks, you have a great October, as well!
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