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Found a free source of wheat and have been using it on my main feeder.

I observed that is less attractive than peanuts but it keeps them visiting when I am unable to attend. 

Last night I topped up with peanuts and this morning.....happy days 4 greys in half an hour and in the meantime I had the pleasure of  watching numerous Nuthatches and other small birds feeding.

A Jay also turned up for its final breakfast.

 

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10 minutes ago, Robertt said:

Found a free source of wheat and have been using it on my main feeder.

I observed that is less attractive than peanuts but it keeps them visiting when I am unable to attend. 

Last night I topped up with peanuts and this morning.....happy days 4 greys in half an hour and in the meantime I had the pleasure of  watching numerous Nuthatches and other small birds feeding.

A Jay also turned up for its final breakfast.

 

Make up a mixture. I use a mix of kibbled and whole maize, mixed corn and peanuts, laced with aniseed, about 25% of each with great success and it keeps down the cost a bit. You could cut it 75% wheat and 25% peanuts and I am sure it would be acceptable. They take just that bit longer to sit up nicely and knibble a peanut instead of bobbing up and down to get another wheat grain.

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Thank you for your recipe Walker.

Am too busy to make it up presently so will supply my hungary customers neat peatnuts for the time being.

I don't mind shelling out for the nuts and to be fair everytime I bump into the landowner in the local, he reimburses me with lashings of beer.

 A win, win situation 👍

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1 hour ago, Robertt said:

Thank you for your recipe Walker.

Am too busy to make it up presently so will supply my hungary customers neat peatnuts for the time being.

I don't mind shelling out for the nuts and to be fair everytime I bump into the landowner in the local, he reimburses me with lashings of beer.

 A win, win situation 👍

Let's you shoot squirrels and gets the ale in, winner winner 

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Walker,  as for the 'infertile' squirrel gene, its a step in the right direction, IF the authorities sanction it . Anything to help the Reds is good.

It's surprising how fast these things spread. (95% of the rabbit population has disappeared from Cheshire in 5 years , due to RHD2).

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9 hours ago, Robertt said:

Found a free source of wheat and have been using it on my main feeder.

I observed that is less attractive than peanuts but it keeps them visiting when I am unable to attend. 

Last night I topped up with peanuts and this morning.....happy days 4 greys in half an hour and in the meantime I had the pleasure of  watching numerous Nuthatches and other small birds feeding.

A Jay also turned up for its final breakfast.

 

Robert, yes we use wheat in the bottom of glass jars in the flip top feeders, they go through the peanuts on the top in two or three days. The wheat just keeps them interested and they are soon back on the feeders after they are topped up with peanuts. The key is to keep at em! If you allow the populations to rise then it is difficult to keep the feeders full but shooting once or twice a week and it keeps the numbers down. We are not in the business of breeding large numbers of greys for sport shooting we are there to reduce/ remove the grey populations 

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On 11/01/2020 at 06:16, Longbower said:

Walker,  as for the 'infertile' squirrel gene, its a step in the right direction, IF the authorities sanction it . Anything to help the Reds is good.

It's surprising how fast these things spread. (95% of the rabbit population has disappeared from Cheshire in 5 years , due to RHD2).

I don't like the idea of this fertility gene messing,  who is paying for it? How long before it crosses to the reds?

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On 12/01/2020 at 11:10, Mice! said:

I don't like the idea of this fertility gene messing,  who is paying for it? How long before it crosses to the reds?

I'll second that,  a definite no from me.

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On 11/01/2020 at 06:16, Longbower said:

Walker,  as for the 'infertile' squirrel gene, its a step in the right direction, IF the authorities sanction it . Anything to help the Reds is good.

It's surprising how fast these things spread. (95% of the rabbit population has disappeared from Cheshire in 5 years , due to RHD2).

Yes fully agree and hope it works.  Obviously first place to introduce would be the interaction greys and reds.

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On 12/01/2020 at 00:19, Robertt said:

Fisher.

I am not shooting for sport but control.

I'm not sure what you mean?

I'm just agreeing with you, there are some who use large feeders and just shoot occasionally which is not really doing the job, I know you don't work like that.

15 hours ago, Walker570 said:

Yes fully agree and hope it works.  Obviously first place to introduce would be the interaction greys and reds.

If it works it will be a great step forward. As I understand it to be gene work and not a disease it will not be like those rabbit diseases. 👍 I see this as likely to be far more effective than the sterilisation plan, which is really going nowhere 

 

 

 

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Sounds a good plan so long as it don't affect other species of Squirrel.

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Nuthatches.

I stack the ledge on the feeder then go home and have some brekky.

I turn up an hour later and by that time the small birds are pinching the nuts off the ledge.

Rightly or wrongly,  I think the bird activity  is a dinner bell for the greys. Also its a bit of entertainment for me between squirrels. 

The other day a Nuthatch took a nut and landed on the side of a tree about 10 feet away.

It then stuck the nut in the crevice in the bark and hammered it in. Another one turned up and a scrap ensued and 

the second bird stole the nut and did one.

Never seen this before  but on researcing it, they store 90% of what they take and derive there name from the way they hammer the nut into crevices etc.

Never too old to learn. 👍

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Cracking little bird and one of the joys of sitting up waiting for Mr Tree Rat. I'm pretty certain that the small bird activity around a feeder act as decoys and that is why I have 1/4 inch holes drilled in the front of mine so they can come help themselves.  I have one hen pheasant that has learned to lift the lid and I crack up because she always has a long look around before doing so as if to not let on that she has this private stash.  Had birds land on my Silencer many times.

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I think that Bucks County Council may already be trying this contraception based idea - most of their parks seem to have Condoms hanging in the Trees.

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2 hours ago, Robertt said:

Nuthatches.

I stack the ledge on the feeder then go home and have some brekky.

I turn up an hour later and by that time the small birds are pinching the nuts off the ledge.

Rightly or wrongly,  I think the bird activity  is a dinner bell for the greys. Also its a bit of entertainment for me between squirrels.

One of my favourite birds, when two males turn up in the garden it's like aerial combat as they shoot off.

13 minutes ago, bruno22rf said:

I think that Bucks County Council may already be trying this contraception based idea - most of their parks seem to have Condoms hanging in the Trees.

Hook line and sinker 

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Usually have a couple of Nuthatch and a Tree Creeper along with two Greater Spotted Woodpeckers and a bunch of Blue Tits to watch while waiting for the Squirrels, they provides welcome amusement. Last year a Hawk (too fast to identify) hit a Blue Tit near  to the feeder so hard I didn't see the impact but heard it from among the cloud of feathers it created.Sometimes get the odd Jay visiting..

Love being out among the wildlife, it's more than a bonus.

My feeders are basically 4 or 5" diameter  drainpipe with a domed base of 1/4" mesh which the birds can feed freely from but cannot take whole peanuts. They and the Squirrels (when they hopefully soon decide to feed in numbers) are kept occupied for a while when feeding at the station. 

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