Last year, I rescued a pocket gopher, poor little thing only had one eye and was walking down the driveway when my late nephew Lamar (Bubba) Hibbitts III picked her up and brought her to me. We named her Bubbasita, she stayed in an aquarium in my living room for a few months until her eye healed, she seemed to be well and able to take care of herself so we took her to the edge of the property and let her go near what appeared to be a gopher hole. (Figuring it must have been her home). I have been repaid for my kindness but not in a nice way we are under siege by pocket gopher's! They are burrowing into the chicken runs, gathering huge amounts of feed, and even bit one of our rooster's who was trying to stop the gopher from getting the feed. Last year we found only one or two mounds and did not worry about it but this year-it is getting crazy. I have had to replant my garden 3 times because these critter's just yank the plants underground from the roots. I am afraid to use poison because I do not want the hens or roo's to get a hold of it by accident. I have tried flooding them out, putting stakes in the ground and banging on them but they seem to be thriving in spite of my efforts. My garden looks like a gopher waste land again today, my rooster is lame and terrified when I sit him in the dirt for a dirt bath, and I am at my wit's end. Please help! I need a humane way to get rid of these rodents. Any idea's?
Since this Post I have found a way to get rid of Pocket Gophers
Gophers are a huge pest, they steal chicken feed and destroy garden plants. I did not want to use traditional methods of rodent control. My neighbors put a 2 liter empty coke bottle with slats cut out of it and put it on a piece of pvc pipe upside down with the opening you pour from placed onto the pipe and pounded it into the ground. I watched to see if this method worked or not. It did seem to work for about a week and then the gophers were back, upon inspection of the contraption I noticed the gophers had simply clogged the pvc pipe on the end that goes in the ground with dirt. Failing to find a way to humanely get rid of the gophers I gave up for awhile and then something happened. I got a couple farm cats to get rid of mice that were trying to steal all my feed and eating eggs. The cats multiplied and soon there were no more mice or rats, only the gophers remained. During certain times of year the rodents are very scarce (my cats are great mousers) and the cats discovered that gophers also make a tasty meal. Needless to say I have no more gophers but oddly enough, the little one eyed gopher still comes up at feeding time, why they haven't eaten him I will never know...or maybe his days are numbered.
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