Watching, Watching….

After I finished my morning routine, the dogs looked at me with great anticipation….can we, can we?? Huh, huh??

I let them out and said, “let’s go see Mama’s girls”. Lady looked back over her shoulder for the ok and off she went!

I gathered a bunch of supplies to hang a light. And 250 ft of extension cord that Honey picked up. I ran the cord and taped them together. When I finally made it to the girls, the dogs acted like it was Christmas morning. I think they wanted to see if they would indeed come out again today.

Sure enough the girls filed out and began pecking for food. Boomer let out a large bark and was scolded by Honey. He hasn’t done it again…Honey is Alpha Dog! I’m Mama Dog who spoils him rotten!

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Boomer is quite relaxed….Lady on the other hand is very tense.

Here’s my lovely gate. It works great. Once spring comes I’ll try to fix it up some. But I’m glad I got it done yesterday. We’re having *snow * showers today!

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Last night was in the 20’s here in Central Maryland. I checked my little green houses and they were warm and humid. I put a couple jugs of water in each to absorb the daytime heat from the sun. Hopefully they’ll keep things warm on these very cold nights.

I went to put a Terracotta bee skeep in the shed when to my surprise a nest was inside. Nothing moved until I kicked it. Yep, MICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I HATE MICE!!!

Ok. You have to understand the life cycle of “Deer Ticks”. The first host is a white footed mouse. If you eliminate the mice on your property then you won’t have deer ticks….or perhaps a greatly reduced chance. The tick then finds a ride on the deer and then drops off to find a ride on the most wonderful of hosts…..HUMANS!

I quickly called my little Lady to come to the garden. It took some convincing since she was guarding the chickens. She did come and then it took some more convincing to get her into the garden. I have a gate on to keep the dogs out! So, she was AGAIN receiving mixes messages and was slightly confused.

This dog is a hunter! She has been know to sit ALL day and wait for rabbits to come out from under the shed. So once I got her onto the scent from the nest, off she went…..then I found one. It took me forever to get her away from her spot to come to mine….I had to take her face and point at the mouse….she had it!!!

But it got away. Now she’s siked!

I was fixing my lunch and watching her out the kitchen window in the garden. I saw her running back and forth along one section of the fence…..then back and forth….then I saw on the other side of the fence on a fence rail was a mouse running back and forth….back and forth.

Now that was too funny. I don’t think she got that one either. There were three. I will leave her in the garden and I know she will get them and if not, well it gave her something else to do other than hunt, I mean watch the chickens.

The mice were feasting on tomatoes and tomatilla. Of couse my messy garden left plenty of seeds for them to eat this winter. No wonder I’ve had deer ticks when coming from the garden. In fact this last tick that I had in June I KNOW came from the garden. It’s really sad, that many people give up gardening because of being infected while doing something they love. Not me.

Another reason for the chickens is that they will clean up any ticks. I need to make the garden more secure and then I’m putting the chickens in for a bug hunt. It’s a false belief that ticks die in the winter. They don’t. Lady brings them in alllllll winter long. The only time I don’t find any is when there’s snow on the ground.

I’m also planning to make a portable chicken run so I can move them around to eat ticks. If you can eliminate the mice then you’ve eliminated the Lyme Disease. Yes, a deer may come on your property carrying one from someonr else’s property, but you’ve greatly reduced your chances. I’ve been battling this disease for way too long so I’m sure you can understand my concern. Plus I had a deer tick last summer and one this summer that we believe reinfected me with Babesia. Not all deer ticks carry Lyme Disease, some only carry the co-infections which have proven to be worse than Lyme. I also need to clean up the leaves in the yard since mice like to hide in them. Woods and rock walls are one of the worst places where mice love to live. I think I’ll borrow my neighbors leaf picker-upper for my John Deere. He loves having the leaves anyway to compost.

Don’t be fooled by the CDC’s reports. As far as I’m concerned the CDC is living in the dark ages. Ticks don’t know that they can’t cross state lines. Mice don’t either. Every single state has had at least one victim to Lyme Disease. And every continent except Antarctica has Lyme Disease and it’s many co-infections. Lyme plus co-infections are even in the city…..remember….it’s the MICE!  There are over 200,000 cases diagnosed EVERY YEAR!!!!

Clean up your leaves. Eliminate any place for a mouse to live. MAYBE, just MAYBE even get a barn cat! I really don’t like cats. I’m a dog person. But, they would help to keep down the mice. We have a cat the frequents our field hunting for mice. I’m grateful! Just leave my chickens alone.

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