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7 years 3 months ago - 7 years 3 months ago #528809 by neil postie
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Hi Stikkibeek, I catch alot of hawks in my magpie trap. It is just the standard 2 ended trap and I use bread with lots of butter on it, even got 2 at the same time. (I let them go, we got no chooks and if they take one of our peach tree munching goats we'd be gratefull)
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7 years 3 months ago - 7 years 3 months ago #528813 by Stikkibeek
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mmmn. bread and butter might just catch my chooks. I wonder if the remains of the last one they got would work.


Is that a duck and a hawk in the trap? If so, bet the duck was stressed.

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S
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7 years 3 months ago - 7 years 3 months ago #528818 by neil postie
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hi Stikkibeek. nope it was 2 hawks, amd boy were they p@$$ed off, can't you put the trap outside the chooks range? worst comes to worst you get an angry chook
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7 years 3 months ago #528822 by Hillsworth Homestead
An obvious newbie question, but whats wrong with having Magpies around?

Me (Bryan), a great wife (Julia), a fantastic daughter (Molly), 1 Dog (Vizsla / Collie Cross), 6 Hereford Calves, 5 Chickens, 2 Pigs, 5 Ewe's and a random number of Rams depending on the neighbour currently grazing the paddocks.

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7 years 3 months ago #528823 by neil postie
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Hi Hillsworth, they attack and drive off other birds. When we first arrived here 2 years ago all we could hear in the morning was magpies, now we have a regular dawn chorus coming from the bush

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7 years 3 months ago - 7 years 3 months ago #528830 by Stikkibeek
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Hillsworth Homestead wrote: An obvious newbie question, but whats wrong with having Magpies around?

neil postie wrote: Hi Hillsworth, they attack and drive off other birds


And due to that, it's one of the reasons I love magpies. They will drive away hawks and protect my chooks, but something seems to have happened to our resident magpies.

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S
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7 years 3 months ago - 7 years 3 months ago #528843 by Furball
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It may depend on the quality of your magpies... There is a whole family of 'pies living next to us, but they hardly ever attack or drive off the hawks, even when the hawks are actively hunting right next to the tree the 'pies nest in.
On the other hand, the spur-wing plovers 2 paddocks over go absolutely ballistic at any hawk that dares to go anywhere near them, so much so that hawks tend to avoid that bit of sky.
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7 years 3 months ago #528844 by Stikkibeek
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Yes we have plovers also, but they tend to move on when the nearby airport get a bit trigger happy. They will come back in the late autumn and winter which seems to b e when they reproduce around here.

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7 years 3 months ago #529143 by Mudlerk
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We have magpies, harriers, herons, bellbirds, grey warblers, cuckoos, etc...and we're 5k away from the Tararua bush. Live and let live...and provide diverse habitat, and they'll all find a niche, I reckon. Not so happy about the 4 young bunnies on our drive this morning, though!

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