Keith Kridler, Texas

animals digging up daffodils

October 14, 2010
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Categories: Bulb Information, Diseases and Pests, Growing Daffodils, Snails, Deer and other Pests

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Most people complain when moles and squirrels come along and dig up the bulbs in their flower beds. Then it is really horrible if you happen to have Ground Hogs or deer that come into the yard.
We started a few years ago moving some of our excess bulbs to another piece of property where a friend of ours owns a couple of hundred acres and most of you all will remember the old, barn red, abandoned farmhouse with the wide single rows of daffodils planted near that old house.
Much of this property is simply being plowed up now by wild hogs as all of East Texas is at risk of damage from these beasts. They are a combination of domestic hogs run wild, interbred with generations of feral hogs. These hogs can plow up acres of pasture or crops in just a couple of nights.
When they begin coming to an area they can just devastate the whole area as completely as a bull dozer. This photo is from a Moultrie “game camera” with an infrared flash taken at a corn feeder so as to determine when and how many, how big the hogs are that continue coming in to rip up the farm where we have thousands of our daffodil bulbs planted. This is just the second night that the corn feeder was fired up.
We were REALLY hoping that this was some property where we would be able to expand our daffodil growing fields….IF any of you all need some bacon or fresh ham and are brave enough to sit out in the dark then we have a spot for you!
It is truly sickening to see how fast these brutes will wipe out a whole field, your yard or your flower beds! You should see what they can do to a whole golf course in one or two nights! Keith Kridler Mt. Pleasant, Texas

One response to “animals digging up daffodils”

  1. Denis Dailey says:

    My suggestion for solving the problem would be to declare them illegal to shot but spread the word how good they taste. Denis Dailey in feral hog free Minesoata.

    On Thu, Oct 14, 2010 at 8:11 AM, Keith Kridler < title=> wrote:

    Most people complain when moles and squirrels come along and dig up the
    bulbs in their flower beds. Then it is really horrible if you happen to have
    Ground Hogs or deer that come into the yard.

    We started a few years ago moving some of our excess bulbs to another piece
    of property where a friend of ours owns a couple of hundred acres and most
    of you all will remember the old, barn red, abandoned farmhouse with the
    wide single rows of daffodils planted near that old house.

    Much of this property is simply being plowed up now by wild hogs as all of
    East Texas is at risk of damage from these beasts. They are a combination of
    domestic hogs run wild, interbred with generations of feral hogs. These hogs
    can plow up acres of pasture or crops in just a couple of nights.

    When they begin coming to an area they can just devastate the whole area as
    completely as a bull dozer. This photo is from a Moultrie "game camera" with
    an infrared flash taken at a corn feeder so as to determine when and how
    many, how big the hogs are that continue coming in to rip up the farm where
    we have thousands of our daffodil bulbs planted. This is just the second
    night that the corn feeder was fired up.

    We were REALLY hoping that this was some property where we would be able to
    expand our daffodil growing fields….IF any of you all need some bacon or
    fresh ham and are brave enough to sit out in the dark then we have a spot
    for you!

    It is truly sickening to see how fast these brutes will wipe out a whole
    field, your yard or your flower beds! You should see what they can do to a
    whole golf course in one or two nights! Keith Kridler Mt. Pleasant, Texas