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Instinct takes over

I'm not sure how I should feel about this one.

A couple of weeks ago, we put a bird feeder out in the backyard down by my garden. Now that the birds are hip to this, we've got quite a few of them that come around. We all love watching them. Our dogs are out in the backyard quite often and I've never SEEN them even take notice of the birds. Pepper wouldn't bite a flea, so she would probably just bark at them anyway. Barqs is a terrier, so I've been very surprised that she peacefully coexists with the birds.

Or does she?

This weekend, I've found two birds in the backyard torn apart. She catching and eating the small ones. I guess she does have some terrier instinct left in her.

So the question is - do I remove the bird feeder so the birds go away, or do I just write this off as nature?


And on the LACK of instinct front - Remember those hippety-hop balls? The big ball with a handle that you sit and bounce on? 35 year old mothers should not try to show their kids how to do that and get too carried away! I was bouncing around the back yard and busted my ass. It must have been the funniest thing they've seen in a while. :)


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May. 8th, 2005 12:51 am (UTC)
I would have given anything to see you on the hippety-hop!!!
May. 8th, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
Certain things should not be witnessed. It causes permanent brain trauma :)
May. 8th, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
Which? The hippety-hop or the witnessing?
May. 8th, 2005 03:11 pm (UTC)
Probably both. :)
May. 8th, 2005 03:12 pm (UTC)
birds of a feather ...
I've had a bird feeder in my backyard for eons. Beta (the Wonder Dog) seldom catches .. or even notices .. the variety that arrives: everything from woodpeckers and pigeons, to sparrows and cardinals.

If Barqs is eating sparrows, there are billions more where they came from (sparrows are the rabbits of the bird world) but if it's another species, you may consider putting up a mini-barrier around the feeder -- one that humans can easily step over, but will pose a minor challenge for your canines and give the birds time to flee.
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