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Old 07-15-2011, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Out West
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So is it safe to have the windows open in your home during the day/ overnight?

Here in FL, there is NO way you should sleep with open windows at night, even if you could. Not safe at all, but I guess if the bedrooms are all on the 2nd floor it might be ok without any means of access.
I have screens on my windows here and I agree, to keep the bugs out but do I feel safe leaving them open at night to collect the cool air? Yes. MUCH safer than I ever did in FL, by far.

And I also have dogs who bark at leaves that fall from trees six blocks down the road so, I don't think an intruder will make it here unknown were that to ever happen. And with the advanced warning I get, I have time to gather up my weapon and show them the way out. You can have crime anywhere but the crime rate in Maine seems to be a whole lot lower than in FL.
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Old 07-15-2011, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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About a week ago we had a form of home invasion, a sparrow flew into our house and forget how to get out. We tend to keep our front doors open all day and close them as the sun sets [just to keep the bugs out].

We have lived in fairly high crime areas before moving to Maine, this is much better.
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Old 07-16-2011, 02:45 AM
 
Location: Maine
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We had a murder at 3:30 am. A member of the raccoon gang killed a chicken. The Dog Squad has been on patrol since then. They haven't found the perp yet but when they do there will be a one-sided shoot out. For the time being, I've put the gun away.
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Old 07-16-2011, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Dade City, Fl.
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Hard to recognize them as they always wear a mask!
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Old 07-16-2011, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Last summer we had issue with a local fox raising a batch of her puppies, and feeding them my chickens. We lost a great many chickens to that fox. Would it have been different if we had A/C?

Then through the winter the fox seemed to have left the area. In her place appeared a weasel-like rodent of some sort. Who continued to wipe-out our poultry. I do not think that A/C would have effected that much.

So we faced this spring with empty chicken coops.

We brought in fresh chicks to re-populate our chicken coops and try yet again. Now it seems that one breed of our chickens likes to peck on and kill each other. So far this year with six dozen new chicks, only one breed of them have been killing each other, Rhode Island Reds. No fox this year, no weasel either, yet. And our other breeds seem to be fairly happy in their coops, growing, slowly getting bigger, awaiting the day when they will be mature enough to begin producing eggs. But only this one breed, this year, seems to be more focused on pecking each other.

So we have seen violence and murdering going on here, this year, the latest was yesterday. I have no idea if A/C would have any effect.
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:12 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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I have not had any A/C here in years, but I broke down and got one of the window units out of the garage yesterday...not for the 'cooling' per se, but so I could get some peace and quiet. The other half has developed a problem in perception of ambient temperature, she keeps insisting that "it's soooo hoooooooot" despite the fact that calibrated scientific measuring devices indicate differently.

Repeated observation that the devices do not agree with her and that it's 'all in her head' or that she's 'out of her mind' did little to correct her misperception and generally tended only to raise the ambient noise level or generate disturbing periods of frosty silence...which might have been tolerable were they not punctuated with icy stares that would cause a Fisher to retreat in panic. Although I am often stubborn, in this case I was forced to give up the attempt to educate her on the accuracy of scientific instruments.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:15 AM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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LMAO! smart move, Zymer!
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Old 07-18-2011, 07:50 PM
 
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Man's got to know which battles to fight, Zymer..........you made the right choice. ROFLMAO
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Old 07-19-2011, 03:52 AM
 
Location: God's Country, Maine
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We have a 200 pound black bear prowling the nieghborhood this most nights lately.
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Old 07-19-2011, 04:07 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Put up anything he'll consider food and scare the heck out of him. Bang on the doors and windows, turn on the outside lights, yell at him or bang pots from inside the house.
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