We have a Bewick's wren that has nested in a defunct newspaper box (the old-fashioned type that used to go alongside your mailbox) on our side porch. It was there last year and returned this year, and hearing the little babies cheep just outside is worth the hassle of trying to avoid using the side door until they fledge.Unfortunately, an unknown cat appears to have discovered them. The nest is in the back of the box, and there was actually a garden hoe in front of it. We discovered the problem when we came home to find the hoe on the ground (I don't think the wren pushed it out!), and have since confirmed seeing a cat lurking about. The box is unpleasantly accessible.. what has saved them so far I think is that cat arms aren't long enough to reach the back.Any ideas on how to protect the wren and her little ones?
Gather several types of HOT peppers. Put them and water in a blender and mix thoroughly. Stain and add more water plus veggie oil. Put in spray bottle and spray area around box, ground , post etc. anywhere the cat may walk or climb. This will deter him/her. I use this on my plants to chase off worms and things.jimor a paint ball gun,,,yellow is good for cats.
Gather several types of HOT peppers. Put them and water in a blender and mix thoroughly. Stain and add more water plus veggie oil. Put in spray bottle and spray area around box, ground , post etc. anywhere the cat may walk or climb. -----Hmm.. I don't know if this will be feasible - most of what I'd have to spray would be parts of our porch and steps, etc. Might stain the wood, I would think. (plus, I might eat all the hot peppers before they get sprayed - yum!) :-)or a paint ball gun,,,yellow is good for cats.------That actually might be more feasible - but would a paintball have enough of a kick to hurt a small animal like a cat? Startle, mark, and make it smart are all ok - injury is something I might think hard about on a bad day, but I wouldn't actually go there. We had bad neighbors a while back who refused to even bell their cat (who roamed/hunted freely as they rarely let it inside or fed the poor thing). After it did in a nest of fledges in our yard that we'd been watching from birth, they just shrugged and said "that's what cats do".Well, sure, if you LET them. Domesticated felines aren't really supposed to be songbird predators, even if it comes naturally to them.. I'm sure the neighbors might have felt differently if we allowed our dogs to eat their cat (well, isn't that what dogs do?). Sheesh.Thanks for the ideas. I'm now picturing some chicken wire type of material, wrapped around the newspaper box, extending beyond the front opening. Narrower at the front - easy for a wren, but too small for a cat - and long enough to keep those cats paws out. Sort of a little tunnel.. think the wren could handle it? I don't want to freak out the birds - just the cat!
Havahart traps are a good way to trap and remomve unwanted visitors, just make sure that a local animal shelter will take the kitty in. Set the trap during daylight hours only or you may find you have a skunk or raccoon instead of a cat.
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