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post #1 of 12 Old 05-28-2009, 07:45 AM Thread Starter
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Rope in the water

My stock tank is up against a fence. There have been times over the years when I find mice and squirrels floating in the tank. I even found a feral kitten (still alive - but barely) in there. Every morning and evening on my way to feed, I check water level and look for "floaters".

A few weeks ago I was over a friend's place and in each of his tanks there was a cotton lead line tied to a fence post and draped into the tank. When I asked why he told me about the same problems he was having with animals looking for a drink and not being able to get out. The rope was there for their use in climbing out. He claimed that since he put the rope in there, there have been no more animals to scoop out.

No more dead ones for me either since I put a rope in mine. Just thought I'd pass that along.

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post #2 of 12 Old 05-28-2009, 07:47 AM
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Good idea!
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post #3 of 12 Old 05-28-2009, 08:53 AM
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That is great info to have. Now if only we had some climbable fencing or trees here. LOL. I have found several birds in our tanks though. Not sure a rope would help with that.
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post #4 of 12 Old 05-28-2009, 06:19 PM
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That is a great idea!
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post #5 of 12 Old 05-28-2009, 06:26 PM
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An idea for the bid issue. Could you build a frame and cover it in mesh of some sort. And put it so it is low enough for the horses to drink, but not too low for birds to get out?
I really have no idea if it would work, but it could be worth a try.
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post #6 of 12 Old 05-28-2009, 07:48 PM
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We put a branch in all our troughs, works a treat. No more dead anything.

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post #7 of 12 Old 05-29-2009, 10:03 AM
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That is a good idea Whipple but I don't mind having to clean the tank every once in a while after fishing a dead bird. It doesn't happen more than twice a year usually and most the time, that is the only time the tanks get cleaned out completely. So I guess it serves it's purpose. :)
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post #8 of 12 Old 05-31-2009, 08:07 AM
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My tank inside the barn would have a floater now and then so I just put a piece of baling wire from the 2x4 wall into it. No more dead birds, rats or anything else. I hate finding dead rats in water. YUCK!

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post #9 of 12 Old 05-31-2009, 09:27 AM
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Thanks for the idea/tip....I'm sick of scooping squirrels out of ours.

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post #10 of 12 Old 05-31-2009, 09:34 AM
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I'm going out and sticking a rope in my tank today!

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