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Re: fat birdies and cats

 We are fortunate in having a vast number of birds and our yard attracts
many because it has most of what they want plants with seeds worms and a
water source. We get along well.
    I am having a cat problem though. The extremely friendly neighborhood
cat has decided gardening with me is the best thing he could imagine. He's a
lousy gardener. His idea of gardening is to twine in and out between my feel
, run in front of me and lay down where I'm digging. I have a good rapport
with animals and have had cats and dogs in the past, but even Madam ( my
friendliest cat) wasn't this attentive. Any ideas ? How to discourage his
gardening before he trips me.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, January 22, 2003 10:35 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] fat birdies

> We keep our little bird friends going by feeding them alot! Our birds
> pretty much empty each feeder in one day's time...but once you start
> feeding them in the winter it really isn't fair for that season to not
> keep the feeders filled every day for the whole winter...they need a
> dependable source of food (and like you've said, the seed headed plants
> are pretty much stripped bare by now). Also, my husband and I make sure
> to have lots and lots of brush piles available for shelter. And making
> sure they have a source of fresh, unfrozen water is pretty
> important,too...It is expected to get down to 12 below zero here
> tonight, with wind chills taking that down to between 25-35
> below...brrrr...
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Wed 01/22, Pamela J. Evans < gardenqueen@gbronline.com > wrote:
> From: Pamela J. Evans [mailto: gardenqueen@gbronline.com]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 17:51:14 -0600
> Subject: [CHAT] fat birdies
> On a different note (ha) I just thought I'd share a bird feeding
> observation. I've always fed the regular wild bird seed mixed half and
> half w/ black oil sunflower seeds, and the birdies have thrived on this
> for years. This year, I added a thistle/niger seed feeder for the
> finches (most of the purple coneflower heads are picked clean by now)
> and have started using that no-waste bird seed (from Gardens Alive). Not
> cheap, but holy cow are the birdies LOVING it. One of my robins is so
> fat, he can barely hop. He's too cute. And all my cardinals are fatter
> than ever. Sometimes I mix the high dollar food w/ the regular bird seed
> too (when I'm waiting for a delivery) but it's OK w/ the birdies. Quite
> cold here and getting colder by the minute. Sugar is at my feet and only
> stayed out about 90 seconds when I let her out on her tether today. My
> mourning doves are just waddling. That makes me happy because I know
> they will weather the cold snap (20 degrees below normal for the next
> three days). And I have shelters for the doves and ground hugging birds
> built back under he tree line, short limbs laid out in a box pattern
> full of fluffy leaves. Very sheltered and secure.
> How do y'all up North keep your biries going in such abominable cold??
Just curious.....
> Pam
> --
> Pam Evans
> Kemp TX/zone 8A
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