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Sometimes I just hate farm life :( Yes, just a whiny vent

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  • Sometimes I just hate farm life :( Yes, just a whiny vent

    A few weeks ago I was dragging the ring and pretty much chopped a frog in half, except his front half was still crawling around I had to end him quickly with a stomp, and I nearly threw up doing that.

    Last week there were a few frogs digging into the moist, shady dirt under Rio's exterior stall door. I tried moving them, did a few times (to behind the water tub right there which stays shady and damp-ish. I thought I was keeping a close eye on both of them, but I missed one and the instant I wondered why the door was hard to close I heard a noise - partially eviscerated the bigger of the 2 frogs, and he was pretty successfully hopping around with guts hanging out I could not stomp him, so took him to where the chickens were and just hoped the were hungry

    Tonight mowing the pasture I saw a little fluttering thing that turned out to be a baby bird, probably a kildeer, whose little wing I chopped off Still hoping around, trying to fly/hop away. I took him to hopefully a quick end to one of the kitties, who promptly accepted the challenge - I could NOT stomp that little guy

    Sucky times
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    I know, I mowed over a rabbit last week...just got the back 1/4 of him...I had to turn the mower and run over him to finish him off. I can't stand the rabbits, but I felt horrible about it...I don't want to see an animal suffer.

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    • #3
      ughhh so sad! that kind of stuff just sucks. last year, the landlord of the farm where my mom lives was mowing, and he MOWED A BARN CAT. it was so horrible! i definitely feel for you.
      My mare wonders about all this fuss about birth control when she's only seen a handful of testicles in her entire life. Living with an intact male of my species, I feel differently! WAYSIDE

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      • #4
        My father in law once mowed over a fawn. It survived but was badly injured. He had to shoot it to end it's misery. He was pretty traumatized.

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        • #5
          gah-my neice mowed their PET cat. He was hiding under the riding mower when she started it up. She's still traumatized.

          I hate it all the random deaths too... DH shoulders a lot of it for me. and still he wonders why I'm a paranoid mess when he brushhogs (all cats, chickens and ducks need to be accounted for and locked up) or moves heavy items...

          For small things that need "offing" I have a big heavy brick paver in the driveway. the victim gets set on the ground and I drop the paver on it and walk away. DH will either pick up the remains or I will when I know it's all dried up and unrecognizable.

          I HATE stomping things.
          “Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply.” Stephen R. Covey

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            #6
            I would be BESIDE MYSELF if I ever chomped a kitty Bunny would be bad enough, omg. At least our pasture is never bad enough to hide fawns, but we were just talking to a neighbor who said people around here try hard not to cut hay in May because of fawns

            I will remember the brick trick if there's a next time. Gag

            And I will damn sure tell hubby he must check under the mower from now on before starting up. At least with the tractor mower, it's usually lifted on the way to mowing, or at least just pulled with the PTO on to the grass, and all our kitties RUN when the tractor starts up.

            I think I need to drink my frozen mudslide a lot faster
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            • #7
              Oh dear, I feel your pain.

              I won't go into the particulars,I don't have the "farm" anymore, but I remember it well and those type of incidents are still with me..

              Hang in there. The paving stone is a great idea, and a gun is a good thing when confronted with a larger disaster when a vet is far away. Thankfully never had to use the gun option but realized the necessity of having it, after finding myself unable to manually end the suffering of an eviscerated stray cat. I would have been able to shoot it... Yikes, I'll have a glass of wine now, just remembering..

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              • #8
                My heart goes out to all of y'all. I am paranoid about driving and hitting a squirrel and only running over the backend. I cannot fathom some of the inevitable farm related deaths.

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                • #9
                  I'm sick, because I'm laughing, but unfortunately I've had my share of cracked open box turtles ( I hate that, box turtles are so cool), frog parts, mangled mice, bunny parts etc. I got lucky and found the beginnings of a mouse nest in one of the blankets before I washed it - if I'd chucked it in the washer with the family still there that'd defintely be barf material.

                  I just hope it's quick when they go.
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                  • #10
                    I feel your pain JB. I managed to mow down a baby bunny earlier this week while bush hogging. Called the dog over to finish it off.

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                    • #11
                      So far, (knock on wood) the only thing that I know I killed was a snake while weedwacking my ditch at the road and I felt really awful. I may have gotten a mouse in one of the pastures but I think he got away in time. I've come close to mowing a fawn but thankfully realized it wasn't a hunk of tree bark!

                      I feel for all of you as I know I'd probably upchuck on the spot!
                      Sue

                      I'm not saying let's go kill all the stupid people...I'm just saying let's remove all the warning labels and let the problem sort itself out.

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                      • #12
                        Glad I mowed yesterday and have a week to absorb all this info.

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                        • #13
                          It is awful when an encounter creates an injury with wildlife and we have to ease the pain.

                          I'll never forget the wailing voice on the phone of my BFF years ago. She is not a dramatic person but in this call she was just gibberish. After a few minutes she got it out- she had set fire to a huge brush pile on their farm. She and a hired man were standing there watching it and after a few minutes one of her barn cats ran out of the pile, on fire. It was horrific on.every.level.

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                          • #14
                            Such sad stories. It sure is difficult at times. I thought I was the only one who had the bad luck to come across random animal tragedy on my farms and in nature in general. I tell mr. chai I wish there was a 'delete' button for the human brain for some of the sad things I've seen. Some people aren't aware enough to see these things and others don't care, but for those of us who notice and feel for the animals, it's awful. When I've boarded I've had the misfortune to find injured kittens, once a horse with a leg caught in a drain because the farm manager was such a lazy, stupid ass...thirty years later I'm still PTSD over it.

                            I guess when we love animals as much as we do and spend so much time around them and in farm settings, we're bound to see the very real side of survival, but it's still very hard.

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                            • #15
                              It just sucks. I had an invasion of baby frogs here a few years ago- I accidently killed one while sweeping. I was paranoid after that.

                              My idiot neighbour's cat keeps leaving half dead rabbits for me to find. It's awful. My dogs are trained not to attack/chase rabbits, so I have to do the deed myself.

                              I have a good heavy spade to finish small animals off with. Then I go and shake/try not to throw up. It's the worst part of farm life.
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                              • #16
                                I was on a trail ride the other day, when my mother behind me asked if my horse had an abscess or some reason for the goo that was in his shoe ... yup, horsey creamed a toad and had the remains in his shoe.

                                Haven't had too many deaths here recently, fortunately.

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                                • #17
                                  Lat week my dog chomped on a baby possum. He was bleeding so I figured he would die soon so I tossed him in the dumpster. A few days later those cute little beady eyes were staring up at me. I thought I would put him in the back 40 and let a wild animal put him out of his misery or give him a chance at survival. I went to get a fork to scoop him out of the dumpster and he crawled down and hid. I feel bad for leaving him in there for days and I assume he got smooshed in the garbage truck.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by China Doll View Post
                                    Lat week my dog chomped on a baby possum. He was bleeding so I figured he would die soon so I tossed him in the dumpster. A few days later those cute little beady eyes were staring up at me. I thought I would put him in the back 40 and let a wild animal put him out of his misery or give him a chance at survival. I went to get a fork to scoop him out of the dumpster and he crawled down and hid. I feel bad for leaving him in there for days and I assume he got smooshed in the garbage truck.
                                    This honestly made me feel ill. It was drummed into me that you don't just leave something to die- you suck it up and end the poor creature's suffering, or you get someone to do it for you. I can't imagine why you'd throw a live animal into a rubbish bin.
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                                    • #19
                                      I have one happy ending story for a very sad thread (after all the sadness and loss lately!).

                                      DH hooks up the baler, pulls it out the shed, turns it on and out pops one of the barn cats from the opening on top (you know where you can see the ram swinging back and forth pounding the hay). Alive, well and totally unharmed. How? No one knows....

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                                      • #20
                                        I hate stuff like this. I have run over snakes with the mower and also hit them accidentally with the weed wacker. I have seen bunnies take off before the mower reached them and I don't think I have run over any bunnies.

                                        I have a problem killing things. Last week I purposefully killed a pygmy rattler in my barn and I as I am chopping it's head off with a shovel I am apologizing profusely for killing it.
                                        Every man has a right to his opinion, but no man has a right to be wrong in his facts.
                                        Bernard M. Baruch

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