Archive for October, 2018

Fox Update #4

We have not been able to get a fourth dose into the fox as other animals have beaten it to the hot dog (last night the rat again).  When I compare the first dose picture (left) with last night, I do think I see improvement.  The vet told me that the three doses he has received would be enough but other sources on the internet say as many as eight are needed since it isn’t a subcutaneous application.  I’ll keep trying.  I guess the worst that can happen is that the rats and raccoons won’t have mange.

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Foiled Again!

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Several individuals visited the woodpile last night but the rat got the prize.  We used to have wood rats here but this rat’s tail doesn’t look bushy so I have to assume it’s a brown or Norway rat.  This is good because wood rats are protected (thought to be extirpated now in Connecticut) and brown rats are fair game.  We’ll put out a trap to try and catch the rat. The fox came too late again but I do think he’s looking more furry.  We’ll try again tonight.  Here he is, searching in vain.

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Fox Update: Seven Minutes Too Late!

Darn!!  The Masked Marauder got the hot dog with the fourth dose of Ivermectin.  Note the times: raccoon at 9:00, fox at 9:07.  We’ll put another dose out tonight in hopes the raccoon won’t come early.  On the positive side, I do think the fox is starting to look better!

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Hen of the Woods Season is Here!

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Our son Doug’s oak tree has again put forth a bounty of Hen of the woods nests.  The first dish I made was a chicken and mushroom ragu with grilled Parmesan polenta.

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THAT was yummy!  My husband trimmed the remaining “feathers” and we are freezing them on cookie sheets.  I read that the hen of the woods in particular freezes well without cooking it first.  I have always cooked them before freezing them so this is an experiment.  If any of you have experience on this point, I’d appreciate knowing how freezing without cooking has worked for you.  If it works out we have a nice supply for the winter.  Tonight: mushroom risotto.

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Fox Update #3

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I was worried because it didn’t appear for two nights but last night it was back and that was the night we gave it the third dose of Imervictin.  I really don’t see any difference so I plan to give it a fourth dose in another ten days, if it is still coming.  I have very mixed emotions about this after hearing the results of the Piping Plover monitoring I have been involved in for the past several years.  This year at least one exclosure was predated by a fox and the nest was lost.  These are endangered birds and foxes are not endangered but mange is a brutal, painful way for an animal to die so I plan to continue.

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Update on the Mangy Fox

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The fox took the second dose of Ivermectin last night, 10 days after the first.  I’m concerned that it doesn’t look any better but it probably takes a long time for the fur to grow back.  It didn’t come back for 6 days after the first dose so it either tasted terrible or made it feel sick.  At least it now has the second dose.  Stay tuned!

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