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Old 02-25-2008, 09:33 PM   #1
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Little Dogs - Big Birds

It must be getting close to spring!I just went to the lake to check out our 65TradeWind. She looked so lonely and cold sitting in the trees Happily she has wintered well. But sitting in the sun looking at the lot - I noticed a sharp shinned hawk has made a nest in one of the large trees on the property. My concern is that my 2 dogs together don"t weigh 8lbs. It wouldn't take much for a preditory(sp) bird to swoop in and grab one of them. They love it there and we take special care to keep them on a lesh and close by. But they do like to stretch out in the grass and roll in any number of smelly things in the lawn. Has anyone used a small pen or other enclosure to protect their dogs? It would almost have to have a top. I thought about a playpen but that doesn't seem like it would be big enough for 2 energetic dogs. Would one of those fake owls keep the other birds away? But then would also keep the song birds away? I think we are going to spend the weekend at the lake cutting brush and clearing away the leaves. If it's not too muddy I'd really like to take Tony and Daisy with us.

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Old 02-25-2008, 09:54 PM   #2
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I can't answer your question but can caution you about small dogs and big birds. People we know of lost their small dog to an eagle last summer . One minute he was with the lady, a couple of minutes later she heard a yelp and he was in the air and gone.


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Old 02-25-2008, 10:04 PM   #3
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What is their prey? - try a decoy counter prey to ward the Hawk off. And not the owl.

I know this works with our fish pond and Herons - we have a statue heron - it keeps the other herons and birds of prey away from swooping and taking my goldfish - as well as the Racoons away too. But the song birds don't seem to be scared off by him/it.

Now If I could keep the dogs out of the pond in the summer I would have it made.

Hope you find a solution...

Just thought....what about a large netting on four poles in an area where your dogs like to stretch out - light bird netting would do - probably easy to set up too....
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:07 PM   #4
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I just can't imagine that happening. God Bless her. I know there are eagles at the La Cygne Power Plant Lake and in Mound City at the City Lake. So they are in the area. Maybe the playpen next to the camper and under the ZipDee is the best place for them. At least they could move around.
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Old 02-25-2008, 10:10 PM   #5
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I'd agree with the netting idea. Maybe an X-Pen with the netting tied on top? You could get a couple X-pens and clip them together to make a bigger area.

Aside from worrying about the dogs, I think it would be pretty cool to have a hawk living overhead. I love watching the red-tails around here. As for having an AS on property by the lake, well, we can all dream...

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I'd think the largest a sharp shin could take would be a small squirrel or bird. We have a relative who had a pomeranian taken -- probably by an eagle.

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Old 02-25-2008, 10:27 PM   #7
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Thanks to everybody for their ideas! I forgot to mention that Tony and Daisy are Chihuahua's. Now that the kids are gone, they get all the attention. The X-pen is a great idea. I bet I could sew a netting to fit the top similar to a fitted sheet. You are right though - watching the birds is the best! My grand daughters like to lie in the hammock and watch the hummingbirds. We tied the feeder directly over it. Even the dogs enjoy the birds and will talk to them in this funny squeaky bark they do. We bought the lake lot at a tax auction for $300.00. It had a pole on it and was cleared. We thought it was 70X100ft, but when we had it surveyed it was 75X160ft. We can see the lake and the dam is a 3 minute walk. It was one of the best investments we ever bought. Next to the AS That I bought for $3000.00. All the appliances worked, no leaks, good floor, the ac runs so cold you could hang swinging beef. All we did was clean her up. Every Friday night we head out only to come back on Monday. The dogs know that when the hamper comes out to get their leashes and wait at the door. They get so excited when we turn into the gate!

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