Not feeding the birds

As Golden November continues

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and the sun goes down

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leaving the sky to the waxing moon

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We have been trying to stop the birds feeding.

Not the woodpecker

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nor tits and nuthatches

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But the hundreds of starlings who visit each day

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and devour the poultry feed,

For several months we have been experimenting with some treadle feeders which only open when the fowl step on the approach. They require a training period where they start off propped open, then are half closed, leading to a fully shut position once the birds know the food is there.

The problem has been that the ducks, despite many modifications to the feeder, never got beyond stage 1. So today we shifted that device up to the hen run.

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Unlike the over-cautious ducks the naturally inquisitive hens were immediately all over the feeder

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They will be able to operate the opening mechanism very quickly.

Meanwhile Clever Clare knows where the corn is and would actually prefer that

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The Cayuga ducks are being trialed with a more primitive system

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although being brave enough to approach the blue tray, there to catch the fall-out from their messy eating, will take some time.

This system will be a matter of shop open

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eat all you can as after a short time it will be shop closed

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We have been able to include some of our recycled recycling in that grab handle and also a bit of washing machine as a filling funnel for the treadle feeder

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