We have said for months that we need barn cats. Anyone that knows me knows that I have a SERIOUS fear of snakes. Luckily, I have not seen one snake on our property since we moved here, even though Dylan's seen a bunch (including 2 on the carport, one on the front porch very close to our front door, and a copperhead in the driveway...). I have no idea why this is, and have decided that I'm not going to analyze it too much.
Because of my fear, we're always thinking of ways to try to reduce the rodent population on the farm, as well as the snake population. My "snake dog" was a complete flop...as he doesn't seem to recognize when things are even alive...he gives the same attention to a stick as he does to a snake. We've considered guinea hens, but due to their noise have decided against it for now in the hopes that we keep our neighbors happy (we already have a really loud goat). But CATS are a different story. We have two house cats that have always been excellent "hunters". We had an incident with bats in our house while living in Wisconsin (a story for another day...) and our housecats would catch them in midflight!
We had decided to get barn cats, but just hadn't made the plunge yet. One night a small calico shows up on our back porch and meowed until we came out to find her. She was adorable and cuddly and we figured she'd probably just go home if we didn't feed her. After 3 days of her being on our porch, we gave her some food and Eilah named her "Melon". I guess we're pretty good hosts, because 2 days later she brought a sibling....this one the same size with different markings. Kade named her "Watermelon"......of course.
So since we acquired these two cats and they didn't appear to be going anywhere, we started feeding them in the barn at chore time and they've been awesome! I actually feel like the barn is less "snakey" already. How could it not be???
I'm just going to pretend that this magical bubble that circles our farm and prevents it from raining also keeps all the snakes out...and the 1 or 2 that possibly get in will be swiftly eaten by "The Melons".
Dylan and Harmony, whichever of us have the time to sit down and write for a few minutes. : )