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Something is digging under our shed.

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EnnisDelMar Sun 28-Nov-10 16:25:32

Our run is next to the shed, and I carefully slabbed all around the run as well as digging the wire into the ground to about a foot.

However I've just been out to put them away, and realised the rabbits (whom I've recently transferred into the run as well) had been digging towards the corner between run and shed.

I smoothed the earth over and put a couple of slabs there, but then I looked at it from the outside and saw that something - not the rabbits, clearly - had been digging UNDER the corner of the shed, and had even come up in a couple of places along the edge of the shed, where I have only dug the wire in a little way.

Obviously the wire has worked as a deterrent so far but I am going to have to sort it out properly.

The tunnel seems too small for a fox. How large are fox burrows? I was thinking it's more large rat, it's kind of small rabbit size, but do rats dig like that? Why would they bother when they can probably find another way in?

Actually I'm not certain there are any rat sized openings anywhere, unless they went right up to the roof vents.

Any thoughts appreciated.

SingingTunelessly Sun 28-Nov-10 16:28:55

I'd say definitely rats from that description. Any chance you could re-home some feral cats if you don't have a cat already? I've just taken a couple more and they really do a great job. Plus the CPL are always looking for homes for them.

EnnisDelMar Sun 28-Nov-10 16:45:20

Oh, wow - I'm relieved, rats I can handle, foxes I can't! Thanks.

We have a cat but she isn't that much cop. I wonder if she would accept some outdoor ones into the proceedings?

I'd be happy to take some on if so. I could give them use of an old dog kennel we have and it is a large garden.

I have a rat trap as well, which I might try out. <mwa ha ha haaaa> smile

LadyOfTheFlowers Sun 28-Nov-10 16:47:16

Apparently, according to a chicken keeping site I was looking at, where there are chickens, there will be rats.

c0rns1lk Sun 28-Nov-10 16:47:23

we had a fox - tunnel was quite small from the surface

EnnisDelMar Sun 28-Nov-10 16:49:54


I really don't mind the rats, it's a hundred feet from the house, it's inevitable - they were there before the chickens, too.

But I really hope it isn't a fox.

I plan to slab all round the shed now as well because I can't think how to protect the inside of the run.

There's barely anything to fix more wire to on the shed side - the shed is knackered and doesn't take nails too well. But will have to try at least.

thanks all.

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