[NAFEX] Critter solutions - small critters
tolenio at sentex.net
Sun Feb 11 10:50:36 EST 2007
Every farm with a barn has a couple of barn cats. They are necessary.
Losses are expected. You do not get attached to them, they are simply
farmer's tools. Allow them to be feral friends.
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Sent: Sunday, February 11, 2007 10:28 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] Critter solutions - small critters
I had two cats in my backyard a boy and a girl. The boy loved to
hunt small mammals. He killed about 5 times as many chipmunks as I
would have guessed lived in the yard - one or two each day for
months. He also killed a couple of squirrels, and taught the rest to
respect cats. He even chased a young woodchuck off the property.
The boy was killed by a car - a white cat on black pavement in broad
daylight, by a hit-and-run driver. We decided to keep his
replacements (a pair of kittens) indoors.
The girl, alas, is more interested in flying things. She chases
insects and birds, and I had to remove a bird feeder after finding
one too many goldfinches offered to us on the front stoop. She is
also fond of baby bunnies in the spring, but doesn't take a great
deal of interest in the chippies or squirrels. The girl still goes
outside every day. She comes in at sunset, she mostly stays on our
property, and I haven't seen her on a street in more than a year, so
I think her odds are okay.
Until I got the cats I couldn't harvest any currants and the
squirrels broke the new raspberry canes while eating the summer
fruit. Now I only net the blueberries, and get good crops on all the
small fruits. I'm a big fan of keeping small predators around. If
the girl dies, or stops going outdoors, I will talk to the local
shelters about possibly taking a nuisance feral cat off someone
On Feb 11, 2007, at 8:50 AM, Jim Fruth wrote:
> I hate little dogs that go "Yap, yap, yap," but I've got one.
> She has
> the run of my one acre garden/orchard. I keep her confined to the
> yard when
> garden plants are small and turn her loose after the plants have
> some height. Between the dog, my 'junkyard cat and the 30" high
> fencing, I
> haven't had a raccoon problem since I stopped raising sweet corn.
> I once
> had a rabbit that climbed, in and out, over the woven wire fence -
> He made
> nightly raids, dining on my peach seedlings until one of the cats
> got him. Baby rabbits can crawl through the fence. The fence
> thwarts skunks and wood chucks, so far anyway.
> Chipmunks are a problem. There is a new immigration every year
> and one
> chipmunk will empty a full birdfeeder in just a few hours. I
> wouldn't mind
> so much if the chipmunk ate the seeds but, no, he buries them all
> over the
> garden, they sprout and I've got to yank them out. The yap-yap dog
> the heck out of the chippies. I don't know if one of the cats finally
> catches them or if they get tired of being hassled by the dog and
> just leave
> because chipmunk problems rarely last more than a week or two.
> My cat will chase them onto all but the tiniest tree limbs. Those
> don't become an alternative to dry cat food just don't come back.
> Now if I could just figure out a way to get my wife to stop
> bringing the
> dogs into the house overnight, the last of my other critter
> problems might
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN 56472
> (218)568-8483 [Store]
> (218)831-7018 [My Cell]
> I'd love to hear other creative solutions for deterring wildlife.
> What works to keep raccoons, rabbits, groundhogs, squirrels,
> chipmunks at
> (Deer are another chapter altogether).
> Do you have any "tried and true" methods for those of us living in
> where critters are increasing and legal options are not?
> Michele Stanton
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