What a load of crap.
I've seen squirrels climb right over shields 3 times that size.
Anyway, squirrels go with the whole deal.
Feed birds, you're going to feed the squirrels.
If nothing else, the birds throw the seeds everywhere.
If you don't keep the area clean you're going to
feed a lot of other animals, including rats.
True. But variety is even more attractive. If you have deer about
you might want to consider fencing your roses. All my susceptible
shrubs, small trees, etc. are fenced. I've learned that they don't
eat spruce, foxglove, daffodils, etc. so those I plant wherever. I
have one hybrid rose bush, it's fenced. There are several wild rose
bushes about in hedgerows, the deer won't bother with those thorns.
Butterfly bush is supposedly not eaten by deer so I will plant one
this spring as as test. Forsythia is safe too. However once one deer
finds your bird seed it will return several times each day looking for
more, and soon others will follow suit.
My butterfly bushes have not been eaten. I'm getting tired of fencing
everything off and refuse to do it any more and wife won't let me shoot
Squirrels and racoons have been cleaning out my bird feeder. Last half
cup of seed I put out had a tablespoon of hot pepper flakes added to it
and they ate it any way.
On Wed, 22 Feb 2012 14:46:34 -0500, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
I have nearly a dozen lavender buhelias in my yard (they're easy to
propagate from cuttings), and I can say that the deer around here seem
to pay them no attention. The roses, I need to spray with a
deterrent, which stinks to high heaven. The parcel to the west of us
used to be leased to a commercial rose grower, and they finally moved.
Forsythia is safe too. However once one deer
Once the deer find the glop of peanut butter on the electric fence
around the vegetable garden, well, they stay away from the vegetable
garden after that.
I hang bu bird feeder from a tree branch. It has the cowl to make it
difficult for squirrels, and rats, but the central axis of the bird
feeder, its supply of seeds, is surrounded by a wire cage that will only
allow access to a bird about the size of a chickadee. I did have trouble
with a rat before he came to an ugly end. Fortunately, I had the feeder
on a pully so that I could lower it to refill the seed. I let the feeder
half way down, and and my problems were cured. I presume it was just too
much of a hassle for him, what with having to go up and down a wire cord
to get to the feeder.
You cannot defeat squirrels. They will always figure out a way. I get 2
pound bags of bird seed at Lowes for about 10 bucks. It's just easier to
feed everyone. I like the squirrels. They don't eat the birds like the
I've never seen crows eating live birds. Crows are carrion eaters.
Crows don't eat bird seed either. I toss out meat trimmings, the
crows clean it up within minutes. Crows don't eat where they find
food, as soon as they can pick off small enough bits they carry it off
to a safe place, crows also prefer to eat solitary.
Five dollars a pound is some mighty pricy bird seed. I buy 40 pound
bags of high quality bird seed at Agway for $35... I get the Ultimate:
I also buy 50 pound bags of cracked corn for $15 to throw on the
ground for squirrels and other critters Squirrels and larger critters
prefer to eat off the ground, as long as there's food on the ground
they leave the seed in my feeder alone alone. I also feed suet,
woodpeckers and starlings prefer that. I also buy day old baked
goods, all the critters eat that. I buy carrots for the deer too. I
don't put anything edible in my trash, even meat drippings get poured
onto the frozen ground. Meat bones ane poultry carcasses all gets
eatten, whatever scraps I put out by morning they're gone. Even
crumbs from a package of crackers makes a meal for some small critter.
I even clean my toaster outside.
On Thu, 23 Feb 2012 12:01:46 -0500, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
Well, usually by the time they're eating them, the birds are dead.
However, they do hunt and kill smaller bird species. They also harass
hawks (I think that only works because of their greater numbers)
I can't say whether they do or not, but they do eat walnuts - they'll
pick them up (yea, the big walnut shells), fly up and drop them onto
roads and wait for cars to drive over them and then come down and eat
the flesh. Terribly annoying when I lived in an area where someone
had a productive walnut tree in their backyard, because the crows
really didn't care if they dropped them ON the cars.
On the topic of avian diets - we've had great blue herons (birds you'd
find in an estuary perhaps), fly into the yards around here and
successfully hunt gophers. It's quite a sight, not only to see them
stalk and kill, but down the whole thing down that pencil-thin neck.
Both Herons and Ravens are considered highly intelligent birds. One
of the indicators of animal intelligence is their adaptability to
different food sources when their preferred food source is scarce (too
many species simply starve instead of finding something else to eat).
I know our barn owls don't hunt in the vicintity of their nesting box,
but at the end of last season, there were a LOT of owl pellets (hocked
up hair and bone) in the nesting box. They ate well. I hear the
cricket-like chirping in there when I step out to the barn at night.
We have buzzards for that here. Eco-friendly way to get rid of
dispatched possums. Used to leave out gophers and moles, now I feed
the fresh gophers to our cat, and just leave out the moles (which the
cat will have nothing to do with).
You sound like you spend a lot on feeding the wildlife in your area.
I buy food for only one type of animal: my chickens. They give me
eggs in return. Everybody else finds enough around here or else they
wouldn't live here.
Of course, you live in an area where you get snow & freeze, so
year-round forage is probably more limited.
I spend hardly any time at all feeding critters... I'm not sustaining
them, I'm only attracting them, mostly I'm entertaining myself and for
a whole lot less money than people spend on show tickets, ball game
tickets, and pretentious restos that serve lousy food. Most critters
migrate to warmer climes when weather here becomes too harsh and what
a lot of folks don't realize is that critters change their diet with
the seasons. People who hunt all use the weak alibi that deer need to
be culled or they'll starve, nothing can be further from the truth.
With the first snowfall deer stop eating grass and eat woody plants
instead. When the pinheads come across a dead deer they jump to the
false conclusion that it died of starvation when in fact it died of
disease, old age, and often from a wound inflicted by a cross eyed
hunter... every spring I find shot deer in my back fields, many with
an arrow still in them, I have a five gallon bucket chock full of
hunter's arrows. And I can't tell you how many rotting deer I find
minus their head. Hunting is not a sport, it's legalized murder.
On Fri, 24 Feb 2012 15:48:03 -0500, Brooklyn1 <Gravesend1> wrote:
buying a quantity of different feeds. Hey, whatever entertains you.
Uhm, dunno how we made a left turn into the politics of hunting, but
IMO, doing it for _food_ is one thing (how's humanely dispatching a
deer any worse than how a cow, sheep, etc meets its end to put food on
your table). I'd never dream of hanging a dead animal part in my
house, and it's unfortunate that people are clearly dispatching
animals merely for trophies.
As for in your back fields - if they're YOUR fields, you aught to
string up fencing and post no trespassing/hunting signs all over and
start getting proactive about dealing with the trespassing.
Perhaps you could try to isolate where the access roads are that
they're parking on, and start identifying vehicles and contacting the
DFG or Sheriff.
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