|Nightcap next to one of the big firs|
All three of them – plus a slightly smaller one just outside the panel fence – were being gnawed on. Alarmed, I refilled the empty salt/mineral/kelp feeder; my poor woolgrowers must be desperately deficient in something as I have never had this problem before. They ate up the kelp and minerals, but continued to mostly ignore their hay and eat bark.
They had reached through and eaten a hole clear down to the sapwood on the tree outside their lot:
I found an old piece of chicken wire to wrap around one of the trees, and yesterday I picked up some deer-repellent spray to use on the others. If that doesn't work, we will figure out physical barriers for the rest of the trees.
Right now I am pretty exasperated with the wooly rodents. Even the "meadow rats" have never damaged mature trees! Anyone need some fiber pets?
That's it for today from . . .