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Discussion in 'Wildlife Chat' started by George Duke-Cohan, Mar 19, 2020.


  1. George Duke-Cohan

    George Duke-Cohan PetForums Member

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    Hey guys,

    So I have a problem that is really conflicting. So I love nature and what to do my best to support it, but I want to make a bird feeder and put it outside, but I have two cats. One is very active and has hunted in the past the other is lazy and steels the kill from her sister. How can I support the wildlife but n9t put it in danger?
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    Put the feeder very high up so the cats can’t reach.

    Clear up any food that falls to the ground or place a high bird table underneath a feeder to catch any spills, discouraging ground feeding which will leave birds vulnerable.

    I have put wire fencing around the bottom of shrubs that are closest to my feeders to prevent neighbours’ cats hiding then ambushing the birds.
     
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    George Duke-Cohan PetForums Member

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    I shall try that and hopefully I can get some good pics to share with you all.
     
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    George Duke-Cohan PetForums Member

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    I have setup a bird feeder do it of reach from cats and dogs. But I have yet to see any birds coming over. Is there anything I can do to help encourage them, or to make them aware of this plentiful food suply.
     
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    Lurcherlad PetForums VIP

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    How long ago?

    I think it will just be a case of waiting.
     
  6. George Duke-Cohan

    George Duke-Cohan PetForums Member

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    About 4 days now... I see a few birds around in my neighbours garden but none in mine...
     
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    Early days, probably ;)
     
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    Bertie'sMum Obedient Cat Slave

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    It does take a little while for the birds to get used to seeing a new feeder ! Thinking back I'm sure it was a couple of weeks when I set mine up 5 or 6 years back.

    I don't have a bird "table" as that's too easy for cats to climb and get to the birds; I have the metal pole type with "arms" for hanging the feeders off. Bertie will watch the birds from a distance but, so far, hasn't found a way to catch of any of them. Plus I have magpies visit and they're more likely to "dive bomb" any cats hanging around !
     
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    George Duke-Cohan PetForums Member

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    I have a metal pole with a bird bath and two feeders on. So sounds like I got the correct thing , I guess it is just a waiting game then.
     
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