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OT: Squirrel Repellant Works!

Post by tweete.. » Sun, 02 Jan 2000 04:00:00



Its now been 2 weeks since I filled my window bird feeder with seed
tainted with capsicum squirrel deterrant. There has not been one single
squirrel on it that I've seen, and normally they'd empty it in a matter
of hours. It may be coincidence but it seems as though less birds may
be visiting the feeder now. I'll have to keep watch another week or two
to determine if this is a fact. Does anyone know why birds are
supposedly (allegedly) not affected by the pepper powder? Thanks.

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Post by dr-s.. » Mon, 03 Jan 2000 04:00:00


They got almost no sense of smell or taste.  Dont need it for eating worms.
And they seem to be able to eat toxins would kill mammals... yes, dinosaurs
are alive and well.  Ingrid

 Does anyone know why birds are

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Post by Priscilla H Ball » Mon, 03 Jan 2000 04:00:00


: They got almost no sense of smell or taste.  Dont need it for eating worms.

I think they would be counterproductive in that regard.

: And they seem to be able to eat toxins would kill mammals... yes, dinosaurs
: are alive and well.  Ingrid

Somewhere I read that the pepper powder is a source of useful vitamins for
the birds, too.

I use baffles and "squirrel-proof" feeders to keep the squirrels out of
the bird food, but then I also feed them on the ground.  The last couple
of days I've been putting sunflower seeds and peanuts in the shell on the
outside sill of the picture window and have enjoyed real "up cose and
personal" views of the squirrels having lunch.  My cats have enjoyed it,
too.  Caley cuddles up on the inside sill, inches from her desired lunch
and growls deep in her throat.  Benjamin just looks puzzled and bats at
the window with his paw.  He's got the beauty, not the brains.  ;-)

Priscilla
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Caley    (little polydactyl calico sweetie, loves to hunt bugs or groom anyone)
Benjamin (skittish MH tuxedo boy with a big plumy tail, my Prince Charming)

 
 
 

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Post by Ann » Mon, 03 Jan 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
>Caley cuddles up on the inside sill, inches from her desired lunch
>and growls deep in her throat.  Benjamin just looks puzzled and bats at
>the window with his paw.  He's got the beauty, not the brains.  ;-)

Do either one of your cats chatter?  They sort of vibrate their mouths
and make this noise...at least most of my cats did, when they were
behind glass watching the birds.  

One day a starling came in through our fireplace.  The cat had a field
day, but when he actually got hold of the bird he didn't know what to
do with it, he immediately let it go.  I had a helluva time getting
the bird out the window, I had to open it from the top and drop the
storm window.  Quite exciting!

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Post by Jeff » Mon, 03 Jan 2000 04:00:00


My cats both past and present won't eat starlings.  I currently live with
two stone cold killers who eat everything they catch except starlings and
vole heads.
Jeff

Quote:

> >Caley cuddles up on the inside sill, inches from her desired lunch
> >and growls deep in her throat.  Benjamin just looks puzzled and bats at
> >the window with his paw.  He's got the beauty, not the brains.  ;-)

> Do either one of your cats chatter?  They sort of vibrate their mouths
> and make this noise...at least most of my cats did, when they were
> behind glass watching the birds.

> One day a starling came in through our fireplace.  The cat had a field
> day, but when he actually got hold of the bird he didn't know what to
> do with it, he immediately let it go.  I had a helluva time getting
> the bird out the window, I had to open it from the top and drop the
> storm window.  Quite exciting!

> --
> Ann, Gardening in Zone 6a
> Just south of Boston, MA
> ********************************
> http://www.annzoid.com

 
 
 

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Post by Sandy Sim » Tue, 04 Jan 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

>  Does anyone know why birds are
> supposedly (allegedly) not affected by the pepper powder? Thanks.

> --
> Gardening is the art form in which life is the medium.

> Sent via Deja.com http://www.moonsgarden.com/
> Before you buy.

This is because there is no saliva in a bird's beak.  Most pet Parrots
adore to eat dried cherry peppers.  Actually the peppers are a good source
of Vitamin A for birds.
(I used to breed***atiels and so made it my business to learn all that I
could about them.)
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