Hello, Benjamin from Brother’s Campfire here.
Last night was pretty rough. My son was having a lot of trouble breathing and needed frequent nebulizer treatments. I had a lot of congestion and found it difficult to breath, but not as much as to require supplemental oxygen.
Strangely, we all have had significant joint pain and it goes down with Motrin.
My Beloved and daughter are symptomatic and we are awaiting test results.
Quarantine has left me grateful for stockpiling a little. We will be having a lot of beans, rice, and oatmeal. We have some meat and vegetables frozen as well.
To ease everyone’s mind, toilet paper was low on my needs list when this all went down and I purchased beans and rice in fifty pound increments.
I surmised If everything fell apart, wiping will drastically change to cloth or the Sears Roebuck catalog.
So. On to the title. The Corvid family include jays, magpies and ravens, and crows.
I have a particular fondness for birds and crows have value to an urban farmer, or so I have read.
They chase away hawks that prey on chickens and ducks. This is something I have not only read but observed numerous times in nature.
You have to be careful with what you read in feel good posts about urban farming. I have read numerous times that ducks will only gently eat in your garden in search of insects to eat. What I observe is much different than what I read. I am fully aware that it is winter, but my yard is seldom reduced to this level.
I feed these birds so much that there are always leftovers and they fill up on everything else instead.
So, back to the crows.
I have made a habit of talking to every crow I meet in the neighborhood and they appreciate the attention.
They listen to positive reinforcement and will also react negatively if you chase them off. They have long memories.
They have rewarded me by driving off hawks near my house. They are pretty smart.
It has taken months of work to coax them into my yard, and I believe that my stingy attitude of positive verbal reinforcement over actually feeding them was a primary cause, but here they are.
This is well and good in all the almanacs and exaggerated urban farm posts, but they brought a significant concern. They are eating the eggs that are laid in the middle of the yard and the ducks are digging in as well.
I am not sure what to do about the crows, but I purchased crushed oyster shells to inhibit the behavior in my ducks. A calcium deficiency typically is the cause.
I hope they did not learn too much from the crows or I am in deep trouble!