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Old 01-29-2013, 06:18 PM   #1
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Winter Feeding of Critters

During the winter months, each evening at about 15 minutes after sunset, we spread about 1 litre of Agway's molasses laden Superior Performance Horse Feed around our mulch pile. To my surprise, the first guest diner tonight was a BIIG FAAT cottontail who piled right on while I was still spreading the feed + 1/2 litre of rum soaked wild black cherries. That bunny must have been pretty hungry to come within 4 feet of me to hog down the horse feed. Hope the critters sober up before sunrise after ingesting those rum laced black cherries. Think I'll have some rum laced raisins on my ice cream tonight and hope to be up and around to feed the birds at about sunrise tomorrow. Starting shortly before sunrise, the birds and some grey squirrels sit on the lilac bush by our back door, begging for a handout. I'm a tad deaf but it's scary to hear my wife talking to these critters when she dons her boots and goes out to feed them.

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Old 01-29-2013, 06:25 PM   #2
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Rum soaked cherries?! I have never heard of doing that before to feed wild animals. Seems like a waste
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:09 PM   #3
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Rum soaked cherries?! I have never heard of doing that before to feed wild animals. Seems like a waste
I sip the cherry infused rum (sometimes with a little Coca Cola) , they (the critters) get the 'mash' (fiber and calories). A little buzz makes watching Maude a little more tolerable. Maude's neighbor / girlfriend (Vivian) is more my speed.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:13 PM   #4
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Whew! Thanks for 'splaining, Bill, I thought it was a waste of rum soaked cherries too!
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I would be concerned with the animals coming so close to humans and the possibility of rabies.
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Old 01-29-2013, 07:37 PM   #6
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I would be concerned with the animals coming so close to humans and the possibility of rabies.
In my area most all of the critters are herbivores, I wear boots and (so far) it's legal to carry a pistol.
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I used to have a Blue Jay that would sit on the tree close to my patio and screech at me if he saw me in the house. He was reminding me to go put a few shelled peanuts out on the railing for him.
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I would be concerned with the animals coming so close to humans and the possibility of rabies.
with all of that rum in them, i doubt the bunnies can catch rabies from jpb...
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Old 01-30-2013, 12:38 AM   #10
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I used to have a Blue Jay that would sit on the tree close to my patio and screech at me if he saw me in the house. He was reminding me to go put a few shelled peanuts out on the railing for him.
When my sister lived in the country, she would feed Tippa Dog out on the porch in a tin pie plate. A family of Blue Jays lived in the tree right next to the porch. The male would come down and try to carry off the pie tin when there was food in it. Tippa Dog ate most of his food off the floor of the porch.
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