August 9, 2011

Dinner time at The Ranch

We are enjoying sharing our lives with the various wildlife here at The Ranch, even with the most recent bear attack that took ten of my neighbor's chickens.  Fortunately, Neal built our girls a Chicken Fort Knox, equipped with electric wire, and we have had no issues with predators.  Unfortunately for our neighbors, they didn't properly lock up their chickens one night and a bear was able to raid the chicken coop through an opened door.  The Department of Wildlife set a trap for the bear and he/she was caught a couple of days later, and hopefully relocated to an area far, far away. 

Not long after we moved here, we put out feeders for the birds....one for the hummingbirds, one for the finches, and one multi-species feeder for larger birds.  After purchasing one package of the ready-made hummingbird food, I realized I could make my own sugar water for much less.  And, in no time, the hummers realized they had found a "sweet deal" indeed.  We have decided we need to put out a second hummingbird feeder, to give the lesser aggressive ones a chance to eat.  For such little things, they sure can get territorial!


The finches, on the other hand, are pretty ticked off at me.  I ran out of the $12 per 3 lbs bag of thistle seed and decided to order in bulk online.  You can see the empty thistle feeder to the left of the hummingbird feeder.  I got a really good deal, but they were back-ordered, so it's been over a week since the finches had any food from our buffet.  Somehow, I think they will forgive me when the bulk seed is delivered later this week!

7 comments:

cousin Arnetta said...

I just love watching the hummers.. you sure have a bunch at one time! It's amazing how territorial they are.
Have you looked at this site ... http://www.hummingbirds.net/index.html
It has great tips about mixing the food, cleaning the feeder, identifying them and all kinds of good info.

Its a good thing Neal built a Ft.Knox against the possible predators. I but you're glad that you're not
down here in our 105 deg. weather right now !

Lilla said...

Arnetta, thanks for sharing that website....lots of good info there. You bet I am glad I am not in the heat of the South! Hope you are managing to stay cool.

Morning Bray Farm said...

So happy for you! :)

Lilla said...

Thanks, Justina!

jasperlilith said...

yeah, i got the same reaction from the suburban birds around here when i bought a bag of the el cheapo seeds instead of the prime stuff... i imagine they have a smorgasbord of choices around here though - they can afford to be picky :)

basicliving@backtobasicliving.com said...

It's been such an emotional and busy few months here that I completely missed sending you a HUGE congratulations on realizing your dreams of moving to your homestead! I'm so happy to read that you are all there now, and it sounds like everyone is settling in nicely and loving the country life.

I feel so bad for your neighbors that lost ten of their chickens to the bear. I live in fear of forgetting to lock up my animals at night.

The hummingbirds seem VERY happy to have you in the neighborhood :)

I'm happy for you and Neal and all the critters, and I'm looking forward to reading about your adventures under that big, beautiful sky.

Lilla said...

Thanks, Penny. I know you've had a lot going on lately. I am very sorry about your loss. Everyone does seem to be settling in very nicely...including the hummingbirds and finches!

Daune, that's too funny! Picky birds...