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NorthernSky
25th Mar 2002, 05:35
Those who remember my post relating to the difficulties with rice crispies (less or fewer) will remember the picture I painted in words of life at NorthernSky Towers. By way of update, the family is fine, the fish are very happy in the pond (and growing bigger every day), and Claire is making even more adventurous and delicious pastries and suchlike on a regular basis (I spotted some iced biscuits today, in the tin, and didn't dare ask to sample - I think Mrs NorthernSky is keeping them for herself!).. .. .However, we have a small pheasant difficulty at the mo. Our last pet pheasant (named Dan - music fans will work out why....) has moved on and now, we think, lives with several girly pheasants down by the river, whilst his place has been taken by The Verger (a sibling of The Rev). To our disappointment, The Verger is a European, not British, bird (white collar indicates this), but he's very splendid all the same. Like Philbert (our first), and Dan, The Verger likes raisins and corn. He's growing used to us and calls around often.. .. .However, unlike his predecessors, The Verger insists on rising early, and thinks nothing of waking us at 0500 for an early breakfast feed.. .. .So, how do we educate him into rising later? (Or, as we're feeling adventurous, does anyone know where we can get hold of a couple of peacocks in good nick to brighten the garden up...?).. .. .Your thoughts are eagerly awaited by a slightly jaded NoerthernSky family.....

somewhatconcerned
25th Mar 2002, 06:52
Surely this is a wind up???? In my neck of the woods said bird would have been shot cleaned, plucked and hung in the time it took you to write this post. Or are you just trying to court controversy.??????

henry crun
25th Mar 2002, 06:56
Good grief, if you are concerned about being woken at 0500hrs by one pheasant you are just going to love a couple of peacocks ! <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

curmudgeon
25th Mar 2002, 11:32
For the pheasants, get a cat <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> . .. .For the peacocks, beware the social effects: http://www.spectator.co.uk/article.php3?table=old&section=current&issue=2002-03-23&id=1293&searchTex t=peacock. . . . <small>[ 25 March 2002, 07:34: Message edited by: curmudgeon ]</small>

NorthernSky
25th Mar 2002, 13:28
Aaaah, no, not a wind up. In our neck of the woods the pheasants risk a sticky end by straying from our lovely plot - what do you think happened to Philbert <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" /> ?. .. .Cats are definitely out. The neighbours have two, and we use the squirty water method for deterring them. Doesn't seem to hurt, and they don't come back so often for a while.. .. .So, peacocks are noisy then.....? (A neighbour of mine had a couple, and we never heard a peep out of them).. .. .At this rate I'll be enlarging the pond (great excuse to play with one of those digger things) and installing grebes to brighten the place up.

PilotsPal
25th Mar 2002, 14:17
Peacocks are way more trouble then they're worth. My sister had a pair and in time the pair became a little family. Unfortunately the little family liked nothing better than going for long walks, ending up on a housing estate around a mile away and raiding all the old dears' bird tables.. .. .They also liked to roost in the rafters above her car at night, with predictable results for the cleanliness of the car.. .. .They were greedy creatures, frequently lurking round her back door calling for food and ambushing visitors as they got out of their cars. And the sh!t they produced - lethal slippery stuff on the paths it was.. .. .Eventually they were banished to my father's farm but I think the foxes got them all in the end.

henry crun
25th Mar 2002, 14:34
Methinks if they produced a family then one of them must have been a Peahen. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> . .. .Regardless of the sex, I believe they are quite tasty.

somewhatconcerned
25th Mar 2002, 15:02
A friend of mine once had a lodger who had a pet Rooster/Cockrell chickeny thing? The ones that make all that racket at day break. Anyway to keep the mornings peacefull, at night they would put a sock over it's head.

ExSimGuy
25th Mar 2002, 15:27
Might I suggest the Traditional British Navy solution (circa Quen Vic era): . .. .Equipment required: 1 over-and under, 2 cartriges. .. .Method: Put one shot across his bows as awarning. If that doesn't make him behave, the the second shot goes just to the stern of his bows.. .. .Never fails after the second shot <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> . .. .(PS - also works with cats and pidgeons - though I'd probably skip the first shot in the case of cats after they have already run off with the food from the BBQ; in that case one "straight up the stern" is the immediate response)

DKosky
25th Mar 2002, 15:27
ooops I misread this one, thought it was "problems with peasants" <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

Charlie Foxtrot India
25th Mar 2002, 19:07
From my youth in the English countryside, my memories of problems with pheasants included:. .. .1. Trying to look grateful when the toothless gamekeeper brought a brace to the door for a christmas present <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> . .. .2. Remembering not to go in the shed where they were hung <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> . .. .3. Hiding when it was time to pluck them <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> . .. .4. Spitting out bits of lead shot without being reprimanded at the supper table and pretending to like food that tasted like old string <img border="0" title="" alt="[Mad]" src="mad.gif" /> . .. .5. Persuading same gamekeeper not to shoot my dog after it massacred a rearing pen full of pheasant chicks <img border="0" title="" alt="[Cool]" src="cool.gif" /> . .. .6. Avoiding getting mistaken for a pheasant or beater and getting shot while out on my horse on Saturdays <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> . .. .As for peacocks and hens, my mum had a lovely looking pair called Troilus and Cressida. At last same toothless gamekeeper and his gun were of some use, my mum never forgave him and I was told NEVER to tell her that Dad had asked him to do the deed because of the problems outlined above..... .. .But I do miss the sound of pheasants roosting on an autumn evening.. . . . <small>[ 25 March 2002, 15:11: Message edited by: Charlie Foxtrot India ]</small>

RW-1
25th Mar 2002, 21:25
For his late night dinner feeding, raisins and corn laced with "Phesant downers" sould keep him sleeping in quite nicely.. .. .Just be sure to get up every 3 hours to check to see if he is still, you know, breathing <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

pigboat
25th Mar 2002, 23:25
PeaHEN, that's the word I was looking for.

Paterbrat
26th Mar 2002, 00:07
Peasants can of course be pretty unruly in gatherings wouldn't have thought they came for chicken feed but I suppose in todays economic climate... Tried guinea fowel when I found a clutch of eggs and popped them under one of the chickens. They were great untill they grew. V V noisy and have an extremely loud call. My Uncle ate them while I was away at school. The two Auger buzzards were also a failure, the younger of the two was a 'screamer' and also fell foul of Uncle who wasn't great on noise. The older survived and used to come and feed from the hand but took a dislike to strangers who he would swoop on and harrass. Another Aunts Peacock and Peahen were exotic messy and noisy, they finaly succumbed to the poodle. The Caverondo cranes were by far the best, quite docile ornamental not much trouble but had to be penned which at least confined the guano to a given area. Flamingos ditto. We had the line drawn there and did not progress to Ostriches although we begged.

DX Wombat
26th Mar 2002, 00:59
Why not feed him some alcohol-soaked raisins late in the evening, this should encourage him to sleep in and promote health happines and well-being for you and your family. ON NO ACCOUNT replace him with guinea fowl or peafowl. Some of the wierder, wailing "music" produced by inebriated teenagers rolling home at some unearthly hour of the morning will seem positively delightful in comparison to the row that these creatures make. These birds are beautiful to look at but guaranteed to cause very frosty relations between you and your neighbours, if not all-out war. <img border="0" title="" alt="[Eek!]" src="eek.gif" /> <img border="0" title="" alt="[Big Grin]" src="biggrin.gif" />

henry crun
26th Mar 2002, 03:11
The village I grew up in had its resident poacher, who, like all good men of his trade, knew exactly where the game in his district resided.. .. .His method of catching pheasants was as follows.. .. .Take one long thin cane with the centre drilled out to make it into a tube, and one treacle tin with a hole drilled in the lid to take the tube snugly.. .. .Into the tin place a few rags and sprinkle over a noxious secret home made powder.. .Light the rags so that they smoulder without bursting into flame.. .Replace the lid and place the tube in the hole.. .. .After nightfall creep up under the tree that the pheasants are roosting in and ever so carefully place the top end of the tube under the bird's nose.. .. .After a few minutes the bird will start to sway. Then as the fumes take effect, it falls, he catches it, a quick wring of the neck and voila !. .. .Could also be a handy method for catching finches.. . <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" />

abeesley
26th Mar 2002, 10:29
Peterbrat, I agree, PEASANTS can be unruly sometimes, that's why we've built a moat dahling. They do come in handy during the harvest though, and I agree you can get away with giving them chickenfeed. However when they arrive in gatherings, it's better to give them cake.