Sempervivum and Jovibarba forum: Grrrrrr! Baby semps for breakfast

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Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Apr 25, 2013 11:09 AM CST
...or it could have been lunch. At some point today something ate every baby semp growing in my rock bed. I've lost over 30 babies in one hit. Several of the bigger semps have nibbles out of them and others have been pulled out completely. Crying I suspect it's birds.
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Apr 25, 2013 11:17 AM CST

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Gophers, squirrels, rabbits, mice, voles?
Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Apr 25, 2013 11:19 AM CST
We don't have gophers and no wild rabbits locally, but mice voles or even rats are a possibility. Crying
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CDsSister
Apr 25, 2013 11:28 AM CST
Crying Crying Crying

Do they sell Planskydd or something like it in the UK?

So sorry for your losses.

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Eviesmummy
Apr 25, 2013 11:36 AM CST
I'm not sure Marilyn, but as soon as I get back from visiting tonight I'm going to find out.
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Celene
Apr 25, 2013 11:36 AM CST
I would get a snake Smiling
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Eviesmummy
Apr 25, 2013 11:45 AM CST
We have lots of grass snakes!
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Name: Lynn
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valleylynn
Apr 25, 2013 12:40 PM CST

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But they don't eat rodents. Sad
Those little traps that the rodents go into and can't come out of?
Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Apr 25, 2013 2:02 PM CST
Are the Momma hens likely to produce more chick because these are gone? Or will I have to wait until next spring before they are replaced?
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Name: Bev
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webesemps
Apr 25, 2013 2:05 PM CST
Eviesmummy said: At some point today something ate every baby semp growing in my rock bed. I've lost over 30 babies in one hit. Several of the bigger semps have nibbles out of them and others have been pulled out completely.

So Sorry to hear that; Crying makes me cringe and Grumbling just reading about it.

Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Apr 25, 2013 2:23 PM CST
Thanks Bev, I've just ordered netting. Fingers crossed that should help. I hope that at least some of them grow back
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Name: tarev
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tarev
Apr 25, 2013 3:26 PM CST
Oh that's sad Kate... Sad
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valleylynn
Apr 25, 2013 8:48 PM CST

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Sad I agree
If there is part of the rosette left it should still produce new offsets. Can you get us a photo Kate?
Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Apr 26, 2013 12:21 AM CST
I'll take some tonight Lynn. Most of the Momma hens are ok, just the lower leaves damaged where they have been broken off for what ever it was to be able to get at the tender babies. I's been so excited to find all those tiny babies just starting to grow. Hopefully once the net comes they'll grow some more.
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goldfinch4
Apr 26, 2013 1:54 AM CST

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Oh Kate, that is such a bummer. Crying It was voles that ate my plants. Birds usually just pluck the babies off and leave them lay. It's early in the year so I hope they grow more babies yet this year. Group hug
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Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Apr 26, 2013 2:21 AM CST
Thanks Chris, me too.
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Name: Greg Colucci
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gg5
Apr 29, 2013 12:33 AM CST
Kate I just saw this post...I'm so sorry!! Thumbs down I think you have plenty of time to get more chicks, and I hope the netting works!!! Semps will send out chicks through out summer, so I think you're fine there, but what a disappointment Crying
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Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Apr 29, 2013 1:23 AM CST
Thanks Greg, I have the netting roughly in place (need to get some proper staples/wire to secure it properly) and there doesn't seem to have been any attacks since so i'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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gg5
Apr 29, 2013 10:07 PM CST
Then it probably was birds, its funny that they would only go for the chicks? Glad the netting is working though!! Hurray! Hurray!
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Name: Kate
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Eviesmummy
Apr 30, 2013 1:43 AM CST
I spoke too soon, I found a few more broken ones last night. I need to secure my netting better, but until I get chance to do that I sprinkled pepper over everything. Hopefully the taste will put whatever it is off. Sad
Kate UK

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